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Advocacy Alert: Senate Introduces Tax Cap Amendments

June 10, 2016

This week, the Senate introduced legislation that, if enacted, would implement three NYSSBA supported changes to the current tax cap. S.8049 would:

  • Exempt BOCES capital costs from the tax levy limit
  • Include properties under PILOT agreements in the tax base growth factor
  • Limit the impact of voter-submitted propositions on the school budget vote

Call To Action: Assembly Introduces APPR Legislation

June 8, 2016

Assembly Education Chair Catherine Nolan (D-Queens) and Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) and 90 of their colleagues have introduced legislation (A.10569) that would amend current law to allow districts to operate under approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans that are compliant with either section 3012-d, adopted in 2015, or 3012-c. Under current law, districts that do not have an approved 3012-d plan in place by September 1, 2016 risk losing the 2015-16 and 2016-17 state aid increases. If adopted, this legislation would allow districts to continue to operate under 3012-c until September 1, 2019 and maintain their aid increases.

NYSSBA has called for this kind of flexibility throughout the legislative session and will continue to advocate for this legislation through the final days. Take Action Now

Additional information about NYSSBA’s Advocacy on APPR and school districts with aid at risk can be viewed below.

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

Advocacy Update: Changes to Labor's Overtime Rules

May 19, 2016

Yesterday, President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 23.

Advocacy Alert: Obama Administration Issues Guidance on Transgender Students

May 17, 2016

Last week the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in partnership with the US Department of Justice issued a Dear Colleague letter advising districts that they must allow transgender students to use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

2016 NYSSBA Resolution Kit

May 10, 2016

Dear NYSSBA Member:

Enclosed you will find NYSSBA’s 2016 Resolution Kit. This kit includes key dates and other important information about the resolutions process.  

The resolution process is an important one, by which NYSSBA members have the opportunity to set the positions and beliefs of the Association. Your participation provides guidance to the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team.

Advocacy Alert: NYSSBA Supported School Safety Bill Passes the NYS Senate

May 3, 2016

Earlier today, a NYSSBA supported bill that would make all threats of mass violence on school grounds a felony in New York State passed the Senate by a vote of 56-2.

This legislation, (S.430-A, Gallivan) was advanced following the adoption of a resolution at the 2013 annual business meeting.

NYSSBA Governmental Relations staff will now turn our focus to the Assembly where this legislation has yet to see movement.  We need your help!

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.

Take Action - Advocacy Update

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

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