Chairperson Krueger, Chairperson Weinstein, Chairperson Mayer, Chairperson Benedetto, honorable members of the legislature and distinguished staff, thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony on funding for elementary and secondary education contained in the executive budget proposal for FY 2024.
My name is Cynthia Gallagher and I serve as the director of government relations for the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). This past year has been one of rapid growth for SAANYS as we merged with the New York State Federation of School Administrators, and now represent building administrators and program directors from all the Big 5 cities and the majority of districts in the rest of the state. Our membership has grown to over 14,000 active and 8,000 retired building administrators and program directors across the state. This merger ensures a strong statewide representation of school-level administrators and unified positions on critical issues.