Advocacy Alert: Stop Expansion of Veterans' Property Tax Exemptions

June 6, 2016

Many school boards want to be able to recognize veterans for their selfless service and dedication. At the same time, it is important for tax policies to be fair for all residents of the state. A state funded veterans property tax exemption program achieves the goal of providing such a benefit to veterans without shifting the resulting tax burden to other residential and commercial taxpayers within the district.

Multiple proposals are before the legislature that would expand the exemptions. One of these (S.2210-B, Larkin / A.3379-A, Cusick), would authorize school districts to grant an exemption to all Cold War veterans. The bill has been passed by the Assembly and is poised to pass the Senate. Take Action Now

Read NYSSBA’s memorandum on this issue below.


Recent reports indicate that at a minimum the State Assembly wants to take action to ensure that school districts do not lose aid if they fail to negotiate an approved 3012-d plan by September 1.

Tell you legislators to act now to allow districts to maintain their 3012-c plans. Take Action Now

Additional details on NYSSBA’s proposal are below.

ESSA Update

The US Department of Education started the 60 day comment period on draft regulations relating to state accountability systems under ESSA on May 31st.

NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff will continue to update you as the rule making process continues. The full notice of proposed rulemaking can be viewed below.

Registration for End of Session Wrap up Webinar is Open

When the legislative session ends, join NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff to hear what did, and did not happen in the final days. NYSSBA will host a webinar on Thursday June 23. Register today!

BOCES Vacancy Bill Delivered to the Governor

NYSSBA supported legislation (A.1407-B, Paulin/S.3014-A, Young) that would update the process for filling BOCES vacancies has been delivered to the Governor. This legislation would eliminate the requirement for a special election for BOCES vacancies that occur before January 1st, and instead have all BOCES vacancies filled through a more cost effective appointment process.  

NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff has conveyed our support to the Executive and we will update you when the Governor takes action.

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