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Rocky Point BOE Wants New York State to Pay $707,000 for Synthetic Turf

Given devastation caused by Sandy should New York State spend money on synthetic turf?

On November 19th residents are being asked to approve or vote down a capital improvement expenditure of $1.99 million. One of the projects covered by this proposition is $1,010,000 to install synthetic turf on the football field.

For details on the whole proposition visit:

If you were not sure how to vote because of unclear health and safety issues OR

You were planning to vote No because the Board had refused to allow us to vote separately on each of the three projects in the proposition (I think this is called an earmark), let me give you another reason to Vote NO.

Granted this proposition was in the works before Sandy. However, given the devastating damage caused by Sandy, do we really want New York State to spend $707,000 on synthetic grass?  This amount is what the state would reimburse the district.  The total amount that we would be reimbursed is $1,393,000 for all three projects! Some may say that this is state money “earmarked” for such projects. But let’s be realistic. Governor Cuomo said the cost to the state from damage from Sandy could reach $30 Billion. Does the District really think that changes can’t be made to how the state should spend our tax dollars.

Remember it is the Board of Education that is forcing us to vote all three parts of the proposition down.

 Vote NO on November 19 at the High School from 8:00 am to 8 pm.

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Justin Time November 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM
You wanted it, now pay for it! Keep the State fund OUT of the greedy mess. Will the new turf increase the education of "the students"?
MatthewD November 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM
There are people who lost their homes. That's what the money should be used for--to help everyone who has suffered because of Sandy, not for artificial turf! I'm sure that the state can reallocate the money if athey want to. Or, as has been said before, let's us it to improve our children's education. Sports seems to be more important to some than whether our kids are being well educated.
K. November 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I'd like to know who will be profiting from this grass-sale; who knows/is related to those who will be paid these funds. It seems like there is a little too much enthusiasm for this "improvement".
Jim Jensen November 18, 2012 at 08:11 AM
This is the trouble with America. After the banking industry stripped away our future by tankning the market, while the government looked the other way and gave them our hard earned tax dollars for causing the mess in the first place, no one is held accountable. Local BOEs have the same level of accountability--NONE. Go plant some grass seed and keep your hands out of our pockets...
Phillip November 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
they tacked on the classrooms just to get the turf passed! Does renovating the classrooms even need to be voted on to be done? I think that should be asked. I'm sure a vote isn't necessary to make all renovations. Just because the money is there doesn't mean it has to be spent. And since this was originally money overbudgeted--surplus--why didn't they use it to stay under the cap without threatening to cut kindergarten. Maybe it's time to not only vote this down but also to vote this Board out! We need people there who REALLY want to do what the community wants. So tomorrow GO VOTE NO!
AnotherLocalMom November 18, 2012 at 12:46 PM
According to recent data on SeeThroughNewYork, Scott Reh, a teacher (coach) in the Mt. Sinai School District, a member of the Rocky Point Board, and the main proponent of the synthetic turf now makes $192,000 a year--for a school year of about 180 days that's over $1000 a day. Which of us who will be paying for the turf if this passes makes that much. If he wants this turf let him pay for it!
Wlodek November 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Seems all comments point to to the same thing: VOTE NO on this fiscally irresponsible bond proposition. Contact as many people as you can and make sure that they vote NO.

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