New York State School Boards Association

Advocacy Update: Legislation to Reform Time off for Voting introduced in the Assembly

May 28, 2019

Legislation had previously been introduced by Senate Education Chair Shelley Mayer that, if enacted, would restore the qualifier that only those school district employees who 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 has now also been introduced in the Assembly by Education Chair Michael Benedetto (A.7837).

NYSSBA supports the legislative proposal put forth by Senator Mayer and Assemblyman Benedetto.  Please consider calling your legislators and ask them to pass this legislation immediately.  Tell them how widespread utilization of this state mandated leave would affect your district operations on the upcoming primary day, which falls during Regents exam week.

Assembly Operator: 518-455-4100

Senate Operator: 518-455-2800

If you need assistance identifying the legislators that represent your district, please contact Belinda Heckler, NYSSBA's Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at 518-783-0200 or

Links to the bill language and sponsor's memo, as well as NYSSBA's memo of support are below.

Funding Increase for School Safety Grants Proposed

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies reported a Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill that would increase resources for school safety. This bill would provide $125 million for competitive grants for STOP School Violence Act.  This represents a $25 million increase above the prior year's allocation.

These grants can be used to address several areas, including:

  • Training school personnel and educating students on preventing student violence against others and themselves;
  • Developing and operating anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and internet websites;
  • Developing and operating school threat assessments and intervention teams, and
  • Developing specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises.

NYSSBA will continue to work with NSBA to advocate for increased funding for school safety.

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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