John Blankley

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Blankley: Open Letter to the New Board of Estimate and Taxation

“I challenge my fellow Democrats, now in the driver’s seat, to be true to the Democratic goals we espoused while in the minority. And I say to my Republican friends, unused to your new role, accept with good grace that a couple of issues will now be decided against your long held positions.” – John Blankley, two term BET member Continue Reading →

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Blankley: Do Not Hold New Lebanon School Hostage to the State Grant

“New Lebanon school has long been identified as the next major project in the BOE’s overall improvement plan and it is needed desperately. Overcrowding results in pre- K classes being pushed to another facility, classes being taken in hallways and no space for enrichment activities.” – John Blankley Continue Reading →

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Blankley: Investing in Education is the Only Way Forward

“Some naysayers, even some in my own party, reject a grant designed to solve this problem. The state’s agencies have signed off on the grant and its purpose, so why argue with that? Some are opposed to a larger school but the experience we had with Glenville tells us that we should build appropriately sized schools to accommodate demographic swings. …Then some try to use the state’s financial situation to bolster their position.” – John Blankley, Continue Reading →

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