Advocacy Alert: 2017 Session Ends Without Deal on NYC Mayoral Control

Last night just before midnight, both houses of the legislature adjourned and released their members. Unfortunately, this was before a deal could be agreed to on an extension of mayoral control over the New York City school system. This provision of law expires at the end of the month. At this time it is unclear if or when legislators will return to address this issue.

While negotiations on this issue were ongoing, many issues of importance to school districts were taken up by one or both houses. Two NYSSBA priority bills that were approved by both houses made important adjustments to the interpretation and implementation of the tax cap that will yield meaningful results for impacted school districts. The first, S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef), would allow BOCES capital expenses to be treated in the same manner as district capital expenses, as an exclusion from the tax cap. The second, S.2122-A (O'Mara)/A.1841-A (Morelle) would allow properties which have PILOT agreements in place to still be included in the districts' tax base growth factor. These bills now await review by the Governor, who did sign similar legislation two years ago which allowed, but did not mandate, the Department of Taxation and Finance to make these changes administratively.

Hear more about these and all the bills that did (and did not) make it through during NYSSBA's end of session webinar next Tuesday. Registration information can be accessed below.

NYSSBA End of Session Wrap Up
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bullet Aid Allocations

The Assembly and Senate adopted resolutions to distribute the bullet aid appropriated in the 2017 budget to schools and other educational entities. A full list or recipients can be viewed below.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to keep you up to date on these and other issues.

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