30,000 letters written against school aid cuts

Long Islanders have written 30,000 letters in an unprecedented campaign against proposed cuts to state education aid.

Students, parents and educators from across the Island have taken the time to write to the state Legislature, voicing their opposition to Gov. David Paterson's proposal to slash Long Island school aid by about $170 million.

Andrea Vecchio, of Long Islanders for Educational Reform, says the school aid cuts are a necessary short-term fix for Albany's budget issues.

A state official says New York's Assembly will release its own budget that includes a $1 per pack tax on cigarettes to bring in money without cutting school aid.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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