Continuing their effort to protect property taxpayers, Senators Kenneth P. LaValle (1st Senate District), John Flanagan (2nd Senate District), Lee Zeldin (3rd Senate District) and Owen H. Johnson (4th Senate District) are pushing forward to get restoration of building aid to four Suffolk County school districts. Today, they took the first step in that process by gaining Senate Education Committee approval of legislation that would restore funding that was vetoed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo for Central Islip, Smithtown, Rocky Point and Babylon.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's proposed budget has good news -- and a modicum of bad news -- for four Suffolk school districts facing the loss of $48 million in construction aid due to missed deadlines, state lawmakers said this week.
The governor's 2012-13 budget plan, released Tuesday, would allow the Central Islip, Smithtown, Babylon and Rocky Point districts to reapply for the aid this year, lawmakers said. But they may be docked part of the aid as a penalty for the filing errors.
The measure requires approval by the State Legislature as part of the budget process, which has an April 1 deadline.
Senator John Flanagan (New York State) joins educators at the Eighth Annual Longwood Regional Legislative Breakfast sponsored by the Longwood Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES -- February 11, 2012
State Sen. Greg Ball introduces fellow Republican state senator and education chairperson State Sen. John Flanagan.
Photo credit: Art Cusano
Ball Hosts Education Forum in Peekskill
PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – The state tax cap and mandates, both unfunded and partially unfunded, were the hot topics of conversation at an education forum at Peekskill High School Tuesday evening hosted by District 40 State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson).
Senators John Flanagan and Jack Martins (New York State) welcome Commack High School junior Kayla Neville and Great Neck South High School senior John Yang to Albany to recognize their efforts in the fight against cancer -- March 5, 2012