Wednesday: Russell Predicts School Cuts Will Stand

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Get ready for a bumpy ride.

Assembly representative Addie J. Russell (D-118th District) delivered that message on 7 News @ Noon Wednesday, one day after Governor Cuomo delivered a budget plan that slashes aid to local schools.

In the north country, the proposed cuts are more than $2 million in a couple of school districts, and more than a million in others.

Schools will either have to cut, or raise local taxes or both.

"It's not going to be easy," Russell told Jeff Cole. "I think i t's going to put presure on my small school districts" to share services, or merge.

Asked if she could roll back the cuts, at least in part, Russell said "I don't think that even if I fought every day, solely on this issue that I would be able to change what's going to happen dramatically."

Russell said she will try in particular to help school districts getting lots of new students through Fort Drum, but even then she's not optimistic.

Ovrall, Russell said she thought Cuomo's budget "wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." In particular, she again said she thinks he north country's prisons will fare well.

Governor Cuomo proposes cutting 3500 prison beds statewide, with a special 'task force' picking which prisons to close.

(To watch Russell's appearance, click on the picture above.)

Friday, August 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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