Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dollinger SLAMS "Missing in Action" Robach over kids cuts

What was Robach thinking?

Rick Dollinger slammed his opponent Joe "Missing In Action" Robach today for voting in favor of cuts that would slash funding to the Surround Care Community Corp. in Rochester by 50 percent - a cut of $2 million from the original $4 million that was allocated for the program.
"Republican Joe Robach showed his true colors when he voted for this deal. Just a few months ago, he was touting a $2.25 million dollar budget allocation for a law school that will primarily serve students outside of the county. This week we learned that Robach's allocation is paid for by taking $2 million from Rochester's children. I have news for my Republican opponent: you can't go to law school unless you graduate from high school. And when you have to make cuts - you don't make them on the backs of our children."

Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden also criticized Robach for the move, calling the cuts to these programs "devastating."

"These cuts are devastating," added Councilmember Adam McFadden. "They come right from programs that provide tutoring programs to keep kids in school, development programs to keep younger children on the right track, and job training so that older kids can get jobs instead of being on the streets. Joe Robach has said 'this is a win for everyone,' but that's simply not true. It's simply another sign of a dysfunctional culture in Albany that got us into this mess in the first place. We need somebody to stand up and say 'when we take money from our kids today we have to pay for it tomorrow,' but we don't have that voice in the State Senate. Joe Robach's silence speaks to his priorities."

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