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February 14, 2017
Unfortunately, the NYSSBA Capital Conference scheduled for February 12th and 13th could not take place as scheduled due to inclement weather. However, don't let the storm keep you from having your voice heard while legislative budgets are being developed. Below you will find advocacy materials that can assist you when meeting with legislators and staff. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with your legislators while they are not in session from February, 15th - 27th. Try and schedule in-district visits ahead of time.
January 24, 2017
Earlier today, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to provide an overview of the 2017 Executive Budget and answer your questions.
If you were unable to attend live and wish to view the webinar, you may do so at any time at the link below.
January 18, 2017
Last night, Governor Cuomo released his much anticipated 2017-18 budget proposal to the public. Though the process has deviated greatly from the norm, the six State of the State addresses and supporting documents did layout a map for what would be included in the budget this year.
A full analysis of the fourteen bills is underway, however, NYSSBA wanted to share an initial read of the proposals.
January 12, 2017
Governor Cuomo has completed his 6th and final 2017 State of the State presentation and released his written report to the legislature.
While the presentations themselves were quite light on P-12 education, with a mention of funding, recovery high schools and some teacher recognition programs being the most notable items, the written materials offered a more complete picture of items to be on the lookout for in 2017; and possibly a preview of what will be included in the budget bills expected to be released next week.
Below you can find links to the NYSSBA's summary of the most relevant proposals, as well as a link to the full State of the State presentation itself.
January 9, 2017
Over the last week, as the U.S. Senate has prepared to conduct Ms. DeVos's confirmation hearing. The New York State School Boards Association has been preparing as well. We conducted a survey of our advocacy network, which primarily consists of school board members and other school district officials and staff throughout the state, asking for their input on the nomination so it might be shared with New York's senators and other decision makers.
Overwhelmingly, respondents oppose Ms. Devos's appointment as Secretary of Education with 86% of respondents stating their opposition.
December 20, 2016
A state court has ordered that Democrat John Brooks be certified the winner of the state Senate's 8th District, making him the only Democratic candidate to unseat a GOP opponent in a year in which Democrats were hoping to retake control of the chamber. After more than a month of deliberation, Brooks was ahead by about 250 votes when both sides agreed to end the challenge.
In State Senate District 5, Republican Sen. Carl Marcellino was recently certified as the winner of his re-election bid after almost 12,000 paper ballots were counted.
December 8, 2016
The NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2017 session and budget and legislative priorities.
If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.
December 5, 2016
On Monday, immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday, Governor Cuomo took action on 132 bills that had been delivered signing 60 and vetoing the remaining 72. This was a mixed bag for NYSSBA, as we achieved some of our goals and will have to keep working on others. A summary of the Governor's vetoes on key bills as well as some of NYSSBA's advocacy work is below:
This bill would have made it the duty of the town receiver of taxes to collect school taxes on behalf of the school district unless "the school board advises the town's receiver of taxes in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, by no later than February first of each year that it collects its own taxes." This would have effectively allowed a school district to unilaterally decide to collect its own taxes. The school district would have no longer needed the town to agree to such decision.
November 29, 2016
A federal judge granted an emergency preliminary injunction to delay implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime regulation set to take effect this week on December 1st. The finalized regulations establish a new minimum salary threshold of $47,476 per year, for certain employees. This constitutes a 100% increase in the salary threshold for overtime eligibility. The judge noted, "[d]ue to the approaching effective date of the Final Rule, the Court's ability to render a meaningful decision on the merits is in jeopardy." The injunction will remain in place while the "Court determines the department's authority to make the Final Rule as well as the Final Rule's validity."
Republicans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have been working on plans to overturn the regulation including action under the Congressional Review Act and a legislative phase in.
November 22, 2016
Last week, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released a set of guidance documents and resources for school districts to prevent and if necessary, manage acts of bullying and other behaviors in their schools. These resources were released in response to reports of a number of disturbing incidents of bias and hate-based acts of bigotry, including vandalism, harassment, bullying and even violence across New York communities.
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