HERMAN D. FARRELL, JR
Assemblymember 71st District
2541-55 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.
New York, NY 10039
TEL (212) 568-2828
FAX (212) 928-4177
I feel that one of our highest priorities should be the education of our young people, who we will one day turn to as the leaders of our society who will be responsible for taking our city and our nation forward into our shared future. In order to make those critical decisions, the young people of today must receive every advantage we can give them.
Among the things I am the most proud to be involved in is a scholarship program funded by the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus which helps deserving young persons pay for college.
Every year, a panel I put together reviews many applications by many dedicated and deserving young persons who are seeking a helping hand from the Caucus as they prepare to continue their education. This panel has the difficult task of selecting one young woman and one young man, who each receive $1,000 in recognition of their work.
My commitment to educating our young people is by no means limited to this one scholarship. This year, we in the Assembly kept the promise we had made to our students and came through with a historic increase in state aid to New York City schools. We did so not only because we were legally compelled to do so, but more because we were morally compelled to make this dramatic and unprecedented commitment to education.
I was proud to add my voice to those who insisted that despite the hard times in which we now find ourselves, we must step up to the plate for our youth, because they will be the ones who will keep our city vibrant and strong as we move forward.
September 30, 2015
Farrell Meets With Families for Excellent Schools
On Thursday, September 24 Assemblyman Farrell met in the District Office with representatives of Families for Excellent Schools to discuss their vision for education in New York City schools.
Farrell recently met with Families for Excellent Schools to discuss education programs for children who live in low-income communities of color.
Part of this discussion centered on a report prepared by these parents, which offers data that may show that in many cases it is difficult even for high-achieving students of color who grow up in low-income neighborhoods to earn a place in an excellent middle or high school in the City.
According to their report, which uses data collected by the Department of Education but offers no suggestions or solutions, in most cases only a handful of students from schools in low-income neighborhoods go on to attend a top middle or high school that adequately prepares them for higher education.
August 14, 2015
Meet the 2015 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners!
Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives each of its members $2,000 to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community in support of their educational goals.
Jennifer Baucicot, who graduated this June, participated in the Epic Theatre Ensemble and is pursuing an interest in the performing arts. I wish her great success in her future.
Malik Bennett graduated from Gramercy Arts High School and plans to attend City College this fall to study computer science and psychology. He, like myself, believes in harnessing the power of technology and education to achieve a better quality of life for all.
Zyare Robinson is also pursuing an interest in the arts; singing, in her case. She has been accepted to attend Virginia State University, where she is enrolled for the fall semester.
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding young people, and wishing them the best in their future endeavors!
August 5, 2014
Meet the 2014 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners!
Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives each of its members $2,000 to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community in support of their educational goals. Please allow me to introduce the 2014 winners Dante Crews and Teshan Ashley. Mr. Crews, who recently graduated from Frederick Douglass Academy, will be attending City College in the Fall. Ms. Ashley, who recently completed her studies at Manhattan Village Academy, has been accepted to SUNY Buffalo State and plans to study psychology. I hope you will join me in congratulating them.
January 14, 2014
Caucus Calls for More Education Funding in 2014
Assemblyman Farrell joined fellow members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus to call for a greater level of education funding in 2014.
Assembly Member Karim Camara, who chairs the Caucus, speaks to reporters about school funding on January 14 2014.
In 2007, an education funding advocacy organization called the Alliance for Quality Education won a lawsuit against the State, leading to a court order requiring significantly higher levels of education funding. Within a year of this event, the stock market crashed, shrinking the revenues used by the State to pay for education and other programs.
Caucus members recently wrote Governor Cuomo to ask for more money for schools, and held a press conference on the issue in advance of the January 21 release of the Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2014-2015 which will specify the funding the Governor will ask the Legislature to approve.
January 14, 2014
Farrell Talks School Funding With Local Education Activists
On Tuesday, January 14 Assemblyman Farrell met with a group of activists from Northern Manhattan who had traveled to Albany with the Alliance for Quality Education to advocate for adequate funding for education in the 2014-2015 State budget.
Assemblyman Farrell meets with AQE advocates on the floor of the Assembly chamber.
In 2007, AQE won an important court case that had been litigated for years in order to increase funding for education. The judge's order required the State to provide an additional $5.5 billion in foundation aid increases and $7 billion in total increases over the course of four years.
However, two years after the court's order went into effect, the Wall Street crash of 2008 devastated the revenues used by the State to pay for public education and other State programs, so the third and fourth year commitments were not kept.
During his 2014 State of the State address, which was delivered January 8, Governor Cuomo promised more funding for schools, but did not give specifics. These specifics may come on January 21 when the Governor releases his Executive Budget for State Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the starting point for budget negotiations scheduled to be complete before April 1.
Education advocates have joined Farrell and members of the Assembly and Senate in calling for funding to match the level called for by the courts and fought for by activists.
June 12, 2012
Meet the 2012 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners
Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives each of its members $2,000 to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community in support of their educational goals. Please allow me to introduce the 2012 winners Naquel Stevens (shown at center) and Joshua Mark. I hope you will join me in congratulating them.
July 9, 2010
Meet the 2010 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners
Pictured L to R are Jerrell Dunmeyer, mother Beverly Dunmeyer, Assemblyman Farrell, mother Alieia Flynn and Lyndon Sebastian Flynn Boach.
Every year, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators gives its members $2,000 in scholarship money to pass along to worthy and hardworking students from our community who plan to continue their studies in college. I am pleased to announce the 2010 winners are Jerrell Dunmeyer and Lyndon Sebastian Flynn Boach.
Jerrell, who was nominated by Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, has been accepted at Herkimer Community College upstate and plans to begin his college career this fall.
Lyndon, who was nominated by Frederick Douglass Academy, has been accepted by the State University of New York at Oswego and plans to study medicine.
June 8, 2010
Fighting for Education During Tough Times
On a recent Saturday, students played chess at Frederick Douglass Academy. Pictured with Assemblyman Farrell are Ron Boocock of Chess in the Schools and Dr. Gregory Hodge, principal (at right).
The economically difficult times we are going through have left the State with fewer resources to draw on in order to continue the programs and services we all rely on. There are those who say that the State does too much for too many people, and cuts to public schools and other areas of government spending must be made. While it is true that some cuts are needed, we should not cut public education. Students continue to progress, as shown by test results and other evidence.
On a recent Saturday, I visited Frederick Douglass Academy, a specialized school a block from my District Office on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. On that day, instead of playing outside and enjoying the beautiful weather, over 600 children were inside the school, because they chose to be there, playing chess. They could engage one another in this complex game not only because of the efforts of those who run the program, but also because of their teachers' successful work in the classrooms. In fact, these students became so good at the game that they won a national championship in Ohio earlier this year.
New Yorkers have invested heavily in the education of our young people in public schools, and our investment is paying off. Our students continue to improve today, thanks to the hard work of the winning team we have put together to teach them to compete in the workplace of tomorrow. It may be tempting to cut our support for schools, but this would send our schools back into the decline we are all too familiar with. Success stories like the Frederick Douglass Academy chess program give me the ability to keep up the fight to help our students despite all the battles to get things done in Albany. We are fighting to make sure that any cuts to education that we are forced to accept do not affect the classroom, and will not increase the number of students in each class.
July 16, 2009
Congratulations to the 2009 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners Michael Mitchell and Khaliah Duff
July 10, 2008
Congratulations to the 2008 Herman D. Farrell, Jr. Scholarship Winners Crystal Mota and Aaron Tittley