New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan stars in a new “substantial” TV ad buy that calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get an education tax credit passed for parents who send their kids to private school.
And he and other bishops from around New York State plan a Palm Sunday Mass blitz this weekend with a letter to churchgoers.
In the ad, Dolan, the head of New York’s powerful Catholic Archdiocese, all but calls the governor, who is also Catholic, a liar.
“Governor Cuomo had assured us that he would fight for an innovative plan to help these students,” Dolan says in the commercial. “But when the state budget was done, we were left out. Governor Cuomo, we're glad to hear you say the education tax credit should be passed, that you get it. But now's the time to get it done.
“Please don't forget us, governor. Pass that education tax credit, so every child can have a great school,” the cardinal continues.
“We're all counting on you.”
Disappointed-looking children of different races and ages from St. Mark the Evangelist school in Harlem surround Dolan, and have the last word in the ad.
“Governor Cuomo: Don’t let us down!” they plead.