Cheers for Education Tax Credits
Published on April 11th, 2013
By Jim Cultrara
You’d think that learning about the legislative process or a piece of legislation wouldn’t be much to get excited about — certainly not reason enough to fill an arena. But that’s exactly what happened yesterday in the First Niagara Center at a rally to support the Education Investment Tax Credit bill. Jay Tokasz, of The Buffalo News, said the cheers were “louder and heartier” than what the Buffalo Sabres could get out of their fans. Really? Louder and heartier than a hockey game? You bet. The place was electric. As one of the many organizers of the event, even I was surprised at the level of excitement. Tim, the stage manager and who has overseen many events, was surprised. I think even Mayor Byron Brown and the seven state legislators in attendance were surprised.
But why? I think it is because the parents, teachers and students — especially the students — knew that this event, this legislation, is about them. It is about their education. It is about their future. And, as they learned yesterday, their representatives in the legislature are fighting to make their future even brighter. That’s certainly something to cheer about.
Imagine the cheers if Governor Cuomo was there…
Oh, and here’s Cardinal Dolan’s videotaped greeting to the crowd: