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Advocacy Update Special Election Results and More

April 25, 2016

On Tuesday April 19th, New York State held four special elections to fill 4 state legislative vacancies.

In the 9th Senate District (Nassau County), sitting Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D) appears to have defeated Republican Christopher McGrath to fill the vacancy that was created by the conviction of former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Kaminsky leads by 780 votes, with about 2,700 absentee ballots that must be counted.  Kaminsky and Senate Democrats have declared victory in the race, but McGrath has not conceded.


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April 15, 2016

Advocacy Update: Threats of School Violence

Legislation to accomplish a NYSSBA position statement (S.430-A, Gallivan/A.2800-A, Lentol) has been advanced by the Senate Codes Committee. This legislation, which amends the penal law to make all threats to mass violence against school grounds a felony in New York State, was advanced as a result of the NYSSBA resolution process.

Under current law if someone threatens a fire, an explosion, or a hazardous chemical substance they are guilty of a class D felony, yet if someone makes a threat of violence through other means against a school this would just be a misdemeanor. This legislation would address that inequity.


Call To Action: Tax Cap Reform Update

April 12, 2016

One of NYSSBA’s top priorities in the 2016 legislative session has been to secure common sense reforms to the property tax cap including:

  • Making the allowable growth factor a consistent two percent (A.9026, Schimel)
  • Counting BOCES capital costs in the capital exclusion (S.6640, Murphy / A.9183, Galef)
  • Including PILOT properties in the tax base growth factor (S.1151-B, O’Mara / A.3611-A, Morelle)
  • Preventing negative tax cap limits (S.7178, Seward and A9792, Lupardo))
  • Redesigning the tax cap override process (S.5877-A, Croci / A.8136-A, Thiele)
  • Accounting for enrollment growth in the tax cap calculation


Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA 2016 State Budget Analysis

April 5, 2016

Earlier today the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team conducted a webinar to present their analysis of the 2016 State Budget and to answer questions.


If you were unable to view the webinar live, you may view it at any time at the link below.


Advocacy Alert 2016-17 Budget Deal Reached

Late yesterday, the Legislature and the Governor reached an agreement on the 2016-17 state budget. The Senate has passed all of the budget bills. The Assembly has not voted on the education bills yet.  This year’s budget includes a significant increase in funding for school districts totaling $1.47 billion more than 2015-16. The school aid package includes:

  • $434 million to finally end the Gap Elimination Adjustment for all school districts
  • $627 million in additional Foundation Aid
    • $100 million in Foundation Aid will be set aside to create and expand Community Schools. A list of affected districts and the set aside amounts is below


Call to Action: APPR and State Aid

March 29, 2016

Support Delinking State Aid and APPR

Currently, school districts are required to have an approved APPR plan consistent with the changes adopted in the 2015 budget (3012-d) in place by September 1, 2016.

Failure to do so places a district’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases at risk of being withheld by the state.

NYSSBA has called for changes to this law.


Call to Action: APPR and State Aid

March 23, 2016


Support Changes in the Financial Penalties Associated with APPR

Currently, school districts are required to have an approved APPR plan consistent with the changes adopted in the 2015 budget (3012-d) in place by September 1, 2016.

Failure to do so places a district’s 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases at risk of being withheld by the state.

NYSSBA has called for changes to this law. As a part of our 2016 budget request we asked that state aid be delinked from APPR.


Call to Action: Education Tax Credit and Budget Negotiations

March 18, 2016

Legislature Completes First Week of Budget Negotiations

Following the release of their respective budget proposals the legislature has appointed conference committees and held their first round of formal, public negotiations.  A full list of conference committee appointees is included below. Table targets, the amount of money that each committee is authorized to add over and above the Executive proposal, have not been released and are expected sometime next week.


Advocacy Alert: Legislative Budget Proposals

March 13, 2016

Late last night both the Assembly and the Senate released their house’s respective budget bills.

These proposals represent the next step in the process to negotiate a final state spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year.


Advocacy Alert: Assembly Releases First Look at Education Proposals

March 10, 2016


Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Education Chair Cathy Nolan announced today that the Assembly budget proposal will include an increase in education aid of $2.13 billion, over $1 billion more than proposed by the governor.

Their proposal focuses on a number of NYSSBA supported initiatives including:

  • $1.1 billion increase in Foundation Aid
  • Elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment ($434 million)
  • $200 million in funding for community schools
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