On NY1’s Inside City Hall last night, Dominic Carter spoke to Senator Serphin Maltese, a republican, about the recent whisper campaign by Bloomberg aides threatening a challenge to the nine term incumbent.
“The fact of the matter is we are now attempting to work closely with the Mayor and his people to get as much additional funding for the schools as possible,” said Maltese, who also admitted that he is not in favor of having a well funded challenger.
No follow up on how much or what type of funding that will be. A recent press release on Maltese’s website trumpets his support for education tax credits, in line with the Governor’s proposed budget, which sets aside $400 million for the program. But it is not clear that tax credits are the main source of funding Bloomberg is after.
The governor’s budget includes an additional $634 million in education funding this year, bringing the total aid package to $17 billion, but the mayor has called on him to use an additional $2 billion surplus towards funding New York City schools.
An aside, Maltese will host Rep. Peter King tonight at the Queens County Republican Party Annual Gala in Howard Beach.