Brooklyn, NY – Greenfield Kicks Off “I’m A Yeshiva Parent And I Vote” Campaign‏

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     Councilman David G. Greenfield announces the “I’m a Yeshiva Parent and I Vote!” effort with Councilman Domenic Recchia at a meeting with dozens of yeshiva administrators in Borough Park this week.Brooklyn, NY – In response to years of annual budget cuts to childcare vouchers and other programs vital to yeshivas and local families, Councilman David G. Greenfield and yeshiva leaders are kicking off a campaign to increase the community’s voice and role in the political process.

    The “I’m a Yeshiva Parent and I Vote!” non-partisan voter registration drive is being launched this week in partnership with leaders from neighborhood yeshivas. It comes as the result of a meeting this week between Councilman Greenfield and representatives from several dozen yeshivas to discuss the ongoing funding crisis facing community yeshivas and possible long-term solutions. It was agreed that the best and most immediate thing the community can do is increase its political power by increasing the number of registered voters, instead of simply rallying each year in the face of huge cuts.

    “Over the past few years, we have watched as vital programs including childcare voucher funding have been decimated by budget cuts. The reality is that this can’t continue. The only way that will change is by making our voices heard at the ballot box. Simply put, it is in the community’s best interests to increase local voter registration to increase our role in the political process and make sure our voices are heard by all elected officials. I am excited to work with yeshiva leaders and parents on this important campaign, which will help provide a long-term solution to the political problems that frustrate us year in and year out,” said Greenfield.

    Under Mayor Bloomberg’s Fiscal Year 2013 executive budget, 15,368 childcare slots are at risk, including a total of 8,868 vouchers worth $24.5 million. These vouchers were covered in last year’s budget by funding that the Mayor has eliminated from this year’s spending plan. This is part of a pattern in recent years of large cuts to vouchers, including $25 million cut from last year’s budget that the City Council eventually restored. While Councilman Greenfield will again fight to save this crucial funding, he hopes that increasing the community’s political influence through increased voter registration and turnout will send a message that yeshivas are a top priority for community voters.

    Participating yeshivas will send a letter and voter registration form home to parents in the coming week urging them to register to vote and spread the word about the campaign. Councilman Greenfield is printing “I’m a Yeshiva Parent and I Vote” bumper stickers so that parents can take pride in their electoral participation. Anyone who wants to register to vote but does not have a child in yeshiva is invited to take part in the campaign by stopping by Councilman Greenfield’s district office at 4424 16th Avenue in Borough Park.

    “I urge all neighborhood yeshivas and residents to get behind this campaign and to encourage their friends, family and neighbors to register to vote. I am confident that it can have a real and lasting positive impact on our community for years to come. The bottom line is that if we don’t vote, we don’t count,” concluded Greenfield.

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    1. As a middle income family that is not eligible for any city programs and i’m a high tax payer , why would I support such measures for programs.

    2. As much as I feel for the poorer parents of kids who attend Yeshivas… what about the state of the Public School System?! Where’s the $ for them?! If they have to face annual budget cuts…why shouldn’t everyone else?!

      No offense, but back when I paid to put my kids in private Christian schools… I would have never DREAMED of expecting tax payers to help foot the bill! Never would have asked for a voucher!

      For all the complaining about taxes going to help pay for expanding health care costs, infrastructure projects or a much-needed minimum wage hike… (things that would truly help the society on the WHOLE)…

      Everyone on here is perfectly fine w\tax payers helping to pay for other people’s kid’s private school tuition?!?! Really?!?! That’s interesting! LOL!!!

      At a time when so many are living hand to mouth, should we really be making sure we’re making private school vouchers a 1st priority here??

      And the millions of OTHER kids?? What happens to them?!

      I think it’s FINE if parents who put their kids in private schools, would receive some kind of tax exemption from having their tax dollars go towards public school education, since their kids don’t go to public schools anyway – I think that’s more than fair, and in fact, SHOULD BE the way things are!

      But then on that SAME NOTE: why ask people to pay for your kid to attend a Yeshiva?!?!

      Crazy that we would waste tax dollars on charter schools or vouchers, when our Public School System needs so much work & faces perpetual budget cuts all the time.

      Like I said, I would have never asked others to pay for my child’s PRIVATE education.

      And to think… those who need Medicaid or Food Stamps, are being called “moochers” by the SAME folks who think it’s fine to ask others to pay for their kid to attend a Yeshiva?!?!

      Crazy contradiction!

      • Dear Sherry,
        We pay taxes and want some of that to be redirected (returned) to our communities. WE are the taxpayers and its our money too – why shouldn’t we ask for representation from our elected officials? “The taxpayers” are us.
        You point to things which benefit the community as a whole however do not forget that we are part of that whole irrespective of popular hipster/liberal brooklyn heights attitudes
        And because you never would have dreamed of such a thing does not IMHO make you holier or more righteous – just less of a participant in the process and more passive a citizen

        • “…because you never would have dreamed of such a thing does not IMHO make you holier or more righteous – just less of a participant in the process and more passive a citizen.”

          Really?! Because I never would have dreamed of asking completely strangers to help pay for MY child’s *religious* education, means I’m not participating in the process & a passive citizen?! (lol)

          I’ve volunteered at the local Democratic Headquarters where I live, for the past 3 election cycles! I’ve met 5 different high level politicians, including 2 Heads of their States, and met Senator Patty Murray on several occasions, for social gatherings.

          THAT doesn’t make me holier than thou either – in fact, it’s the first time I’ve even MENTIONED that I’ve done that kind of volunteer work, while posting here on VIN. Mostly just because I know I’d be ostracized for being politically active for the “wrong team”. But politically passive??

          I think it’s important for societies to come together to help fund causes that benefit the society on the WHOLE.

          Asking tax payers in a secular country, to help me pay for my child’s *religious* education, doesn’t qualify! (LOL)

          But hey, 4give me: I’m just a pinko Commie!

      • They are cutting very small cuts from a avg of $14k per student per year, while Yeshiva students if they are lucky get some buses and text books, while their parents are full tax payers.

        I do agree that there needs to be a push in the Frum community to register to vote, the myth about jury duty is false.

      • As being a BP resident let me talk for the BP community, we as being 90% Jewish people that occupy the BP streets we personally don”t need a any public schools in our area, so let the city sell those PS property’s & make heavy “millions & millions” of the square block property”s they have on so many locations.

        And instead of charting in kids from other neighborhoods (which is a known fact) to fill up the public schools in BP we ask the city to close the schools here, sell the million dollar property’s & charter the few non Jewish residents to other areas & help out our local Yeshivas, which if calculated they will realize that they’re saving much much more.

        Get it?

        All the very best!

    3. In NYC, every homeowner pays a designated “public school tax” on their property tax bill.
      The justification for getting a “Yeshiva school credit” is in exchange for the PS education the homeowner funded but isn’t using. It’s called playing fair!

      • “The justification for getting a “Yeshiva school credit” is in exchange for the PS education the homeowner funded but isn’t using. It’s called playing fair! ”

        Yes, but I just got through mentioning that I actually AGREE w\an order like that. I think if parent’s who’s kids aren’t actively participating in the Public School System, should get a Tax Exemption of any public school taxes that would normally be taken out of their paychecks. I’ve been saying that for years!

        But to ask others to help fund your child’s religious institution, (and especially when our Public School System is already not doing so great in certain areas of this country), is just as absurd!

        *sigh* We just need MAJOR tax reform, period! But… I think small items like this are considered “State’s business” anyway.

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