SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. - The cease-fire was short.

New Jersey Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) on Thursday resumed his assault on the NJSIAA with a pointed letter to executive director Steve Timko criticizing the organization's resolution asking member schools to increase ticket prices to regular-season events.

Burzichelli also sent a letter to Bret Schundler, the state education commissioner, asking him to notify New Jersey public schools to disregard the NJSIAA's request to raise ticket prices.

"Charging hardworking New Jersey families more money cannot be a means to pay your salaries and generous benefits," Burzichelli wrote to Timko.

Burzichelli is the sponsor of a law that took effect Jan. 29 that prohibits the NJSIAA from raising ticket prices for tournament events, with some exceptions.

According to Timko, the law has created a "crisis" for the NJSIAA. The organization on Thursday announced that its 2010-11 budget would include $530,000 in cuts, although the NJSIAA still is looking at a shortfall of more than $600,000, according to Timko.

Burzichelli on Thursday called the NJSIAA's cost-cutting measures "a step in the right direction," but reacted negatively to the organization's resolution.

Contacted at the state Meet of Champions track meet on Thursday, Timko declined to comment.

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