State lawmakers urged to restore education aid

A dozen education advocates and elected officials gathered in front of a Bohemia high school today, urging state lawmakers to override Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) veto of more than $400 million in school aid.

State Sen. Brian Foley (D-Blue Point) says if lawmakers are able to restore the education funding, Long Island school districts would be able to reduce recent property tax levies and resume many of the programs that have been cut.

"This override is perhaps one of the most important votes that we will take this legislative session," he says.

Foley, however, says he's not sure he has the 42 votes needed in the state Senate.

According to Foley, the override vote could happen next week.

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