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Several Democrats blast Cuomo's prisoner education program
ALBANY -- Assembly Democrats
spoke out Tuesday against Governor Cuomos plan to bring college courses to some
of the states prisons. Many residents against it have taken to social media to
express frustration since it was announced on Sunday.
I have a 10-year-old daughter and you think about how you're going to pay to get your kids through school. I think thats where your priorities have to lie, said Asm. Angelo Santabarbara (D) Rotterdam. Our priorities really need to lie in helping hard working families and students, not criminals. That's my position on this.
Normally, Cuomo has an easier time getting his bills passed in the assembly, but with several Democrats speaking against it already, it could face an uphill battle.
It's puzzling that our priorities would be placed in this area at this time, said Asm. Phil Steck (D) Colonie. To not pay attention to this problem of the financial pressure of middle class I think is a mistake economically because the spending of the middle class drives our economy forward and I think it's a mistake politically as well.
Cuomo hopes to model the program after the privately-funded Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College. To view our story on Bard, click here.