Cardinal Timothy Dolan and a team of advocates on Monday urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve a bill that would increase charitable donations to public schools and scholarships for low-income students looking to attend private schools.
The proposed legislation would let New Yorkers give up to 75 percent of what they owe in state income taxes to a school or education organization instead.
Called Education Tax Credits, it would channel hundreds of millions to private and religious schools and cost the state about $300 million a year.
The bill would also give public school teachers a New York State income tax credit when they spend their own money on classroom supplies, up to $100.
"Anything we can do to help education, to help our kids, we want to do it as vigorously as possible and I don't know of a bill that does that better than the one we have now," Dolan said.
"Why does a New York City police officer pledge support to this bill? Because it helps my children. It helps your children. It helps the next generation of lifesavers,' said PBA President Pat Lynch.
The bill is supported by more than 55 civic, community, labor, educational, faith and other organizations.
It is expected to pass as part of the new state budget.