Photo shows Bishop Murphy at a rally last spring in support of the Education Tax Credit Bill.


Bishop William Murphy, in concert with the bishops of New York State,  urged supporters of Catholic education to contact Governor Andrew Cuomo no later than January 21, 2015 to ask him to include the Education Tax Credit proposal in his 2015 Executive Budget.

“Despite the failure of lawmakers to enact the education tax credit in 2014, we are presented with a new opportunity in 2015 to enact a program to assist tuition-paying families with the education of their children,” said Bishop Murphy in a letter sent January 16. The proposal will help families afford tuition at Catholic and other parochial schools by generating an additional $150 million in scholarships. The bill also provides an equal level of support to public schools.

“While we support all educational options for families, taxpayer support for public and charter schools without support for tuition-paying families is unjust, unfair and unacceptable,” said Bishop Murphy. “We simply cannot permit lawmakers to continue to discriminate against the needs of low and middle-income families who want a religious and independent school education for their children.”

One way to contact the governor is through the NY State Catholic Conference Action Center. Click now and your message will be sent instantly.

You can also contact Governor Cuomo through  his website at or by phone at 1-518-474-8390 (Office hours: 9 am to 5 pm) or by mail at

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224