New York State School Boards Association

End of the 2019 Session Approaches

June 3, 2019

With only 11 scheduled session days remaining, the familiar routine of session closedown has begun, meaning that bills are being considered at a fast and furious pace, some of which are important to see passed before the end of session and others for which it is important school board members weigh in on if we want to stop them from being enacted. Two key bills are listed below which need immediate action! Please consider reaching out to your elected officials and weighing in on these proposals and let NYSSBA Governmental Relations know about your conversations. If you need assistance identifying your state legislators, please contact Belinda Heckler, Governmental Relations Representative and Grassroots Advocacy Manager at 518-783-3742 or

Assembly Operator: 518-455-4100

Senate Operator: 518-455-2800

Independent Hearing Officers for Civil Service Employee Disciplinary Hearings

Legislation has been introduced (S.5205 (Gounardes)/A.7624 (Abbate)) and reported by the Senate Civil Service and Pensions  Committee that would  require that  employers, including school districts, use an independent hearing officer and adhere to the decision of the hearing officer in all disciplinary matters  involving their civil service employees. Districts would also be prohibited from placing employees awaiting hearing on unpaid suspension, even in cases of misconduct. NYSSBA opposes this legislation as a costly and time-consuming new mandate on school districts, establishing a 3020-a like process for all employees.

Reform the Paid Leave for Voting Mandate

Legislation has been introduced that would 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 in all elections overseen by the Board of Elections. 

NYSSBA supports these proposals due to reports of concern about how widespread utilization of this state mandated leave would affect your district operations on the upcoming primary day, which falls during Regents exam week. However, this bill has not advanced from committee in either house. Legislators need to hear from you about why action is necessary!

NYSSBA Resolutions Deadline Approaching

The deadline to submit proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments is fast approaching. Districts wishing to submit a resolution or bylaw amendment can use the 2019 Resolution Kit, linked below, as a guide and resource.

All proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments must be received at NYSSBA headquarters no later than the close of business on Friday, July 19, 2019. Information on other key dates, as well as the results of the 2019 Resolutions Survey, is included in the kit. Please consider reviewing this information with your colleagues at your next board meeting and consider submitting resolutions of importance to your board.

If you have any questions about the resolutions process or the survey, you should also feel free to reach out to NYSSBA staff at any time. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Danielle Grasso at or 518-783-3734.

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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