New York State School Boards Association

NYSSBA Testifies at Joint Budget Hearing on Education


February 6, 2019

Today, NYSSBA Governmental Relations submitted testimony on the Executive budget proposal during the joint budget hearing on education. This testimony included both a response to the Executive proposal and advanced several NYSSBA proposals that were not addressed in his budget.

NYSSBA's testimony can be accessed below:

Legislation Introduced to Allow School Districts to Decline Designation of District Buildings as Polling Places

NYSSBA supported legislation that was introduced earlier today by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Westchester) that would allow school districts to decline the request of boards of elections to use their buildings as polling places. In addition, the legislation would allow all school boards to hold board budget votes and board elections in non-district buildings. NYSSBA has had increasing concerns in recent years about voting taking place in school buildings while students are present. Those concerns have increased since the adoption of early voting and the merging of the primary day earlier this year. These changes will increase the number of voting days and the possible number of days a school building can be used, while also placing the June primary in the midst of Regents week. NYSSBA will be working closely with the sponsor to advance this legislation.  Bill Language and Sponsor's Memo can be accessed below:

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team will continue to report on these and other issues. For more information, visit our Key Issues Page


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