Elected Officials And School Leaders Applaud School Tax Decision
Councilmember David G. Greenfield was joined by Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich, Vicar for Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn Rev. Msgr. Kiernan E. Harrington, Principal of Manhattan Day School Rabbi Mordechai Besser and Co-President of TEACH NYS Sam A. Sutton on the steps of City Hall on December 7 to applaud the decision to exempt private and parochial schools from the MTA payroll tax. Prior to Tuesday’s agreement between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, only public schools were exempt from the tax.
“This common-sense agreement recognizes the important role private and parochial schools play in our neighborhoods. It wasn’t fair to tax them at a higher rate than public schools, and I applaud the state for eliminating this tax burden for all schools,” said Ulrich.
The agreement was part of a comprehensive state plan aimed at creating jobs and growing the economy. This reduction in tax burden will save non-public schools an estimated $8 million annually throughout the region, benefiting 400,000 students, including 100,000 in Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Depending on the size of the school, they will save anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars per year.