New York State School Boards Association

Bill Introduced to Limit Paid Leave for Voting Mandate

April 26, 2019

Legislation has been introduced by Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer that, if enacted, would restore the qualifier that only those school district employees that do not have 4 hours off of work while the polls are open are eligible to take up to three hours of paid leave to vote.

This previously existing entitlement was limited to 2 hours and the 4 hour qualifier applied to all employees until the entitlement was expanded as a part of the 2019 state budget.

NYSSBA advocated against this provision and has continued to pursue legislative and regulatory means to reduce the impact of this change on students and school district operations.

NYSSBA will host an advocacy day in support of this legislation on Tuesday, May 14th. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Belinda Heckler at 518-783-0200 or   The bill language and sponsor's memo are below.

DOB Releases Initial Information on 2019 Building Level Budget Reports

The Division of the Budget has released initial information about the 2019 building level budget reporting requirement, including a list of the 306 districts (all those with 4 or more school buildings), who will be required to report this year. 

The 2019 reporting deadline will be August 30th at 5:30 p.m. This year, a new online reporting format will be available. That online reporting format will be available in early July. Additional information, including the list of districts required to report this year, is available 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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