A bully is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as a 'blustering, browbeating person' and dictionary.com defines appease as 'tomakeanxiousoverturesandoften undue concessions tosatisfythedemandsofsomeonewitha greed forpower.' The actions of Governor Cuomo in linking necessary school aid with draconian reform measures certainly qualify as blustering and browbeating. Now the question is whether or not the legislature is going to appease the governor, allowing him to assume that the legislature will not stand up to him on any issue; or whether you will learn from history and take a stand for local control and the localities you represent.
Refuse to pass any budget tied to education reform. Let the governor know that you, our law-makers will take action on school reform after doing thorough research into what truly will help our children.
Do what we tell our children. Don't be a bystander, be an up-stander.