Advocacy Alert Outstanding Senate Races Called

December 20, 2016

Outstanding State Senate Races called, Democrat Brooks in SD-8 and Republican Marcellino in SD-5 Certified Winners

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. 

The Republicans are expected to maintain control of the Senate in 2017. There are 63 seats in the Senate and 32 are needed for a majority; 31 are held by mainline Republicans and 24 are held by mainline Democrats. It is important to note that the Independent Democratic Conference has partnered with the Republicans since 2012. The IDC currently has 7 members.  In addition, Senator Simcha Felder, a Democrat, has conferenced with the Republicans since 2013.

NYSSBA's 2017 Position Statements

Earlier this year we shared the 14 new position statements, two bylaw amendments and two sunsetting position statements adopted at the Annual Business Meeting in October. A full list of the incorporated NYSSBA 2017 Position Statements is now available:

Regents Adopted their 2017-2018 State Aid Proposal

Last week, the Board of Regents adopted their 2017-18 State Aid Proposal. In it, they call for an overall $2.1 billion increase in state support for education in the upcoming school year. Highlighted in their proposal is a plan to restart and fully-fund the Foundation Aid formula over the next three years, generating a $1.47 billion Foundation Aid increase in 2017-18. As part of their Foundation Aid plan, the Regents also included proposed improvements to the formula, addressing student poverty and how district wealth is measured.

In addition to Foundation Aid, the Regents request targeted investments for the expansion of prekindergarten opportunities ($100 million), support for English language learners ($100 million), better accessibility to college and career pathways ($60 million) and professional development ($30 million).

The entire 2017-18 Regents State Aid Proposal can be viewed below:

2017 National Advocacy Institute

This year, the National School Board Association's National Advocacy Institute will be held on Sunday, January 29th - Tuesday, January 31st at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

Click on the link below to register:

NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference Registration is Open

Registration for the NYSSBA 2017 Capital Conference is now open. This year, the event will be held on February 12th and 13th at the New York State Museum with housing at the Renaissance Albany Hotel. Join us on Sunday with special dinner speaker: Dana Goldstein, journalist and author.

Click on the link below to register:


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