senate Bill S5853

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms certain transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A5662 - Vetoed by Governor


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Vetoed by Governor

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Sep 27, 2013 tabled
vetoed memo.214
Sep 16, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2013 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.1625
substituted for s5853
Jun 21, 2013 substituted by a5662a
ordered to third reading cal.1625
Jun 18, 2013 referred to rules

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S5853 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5662A
Law Section:
Education
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A7730
2009-2010: A4587A

S5853 - Bill Texts

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Legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms certain transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district which were denied by the education department for failure of the district to publish certain information required by statute.

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BILL NUMBER:S5853

TITLE OF BILL: An act to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain
transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district

PURPOSE: To legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain acts of the
Schenectady City School District in order to ensure that the District
receives needed state reimbursement that it was supposed to receive for
certain transportation contracts

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms the
acts and proceedings of the Schenectady City School District in relation
to two transportation contracts for the 2003-04 school year.

Section 2 directs the Education Department to consider the approved
costs of such transportation contracts as valid and proper obligations
of the Schenectady City School District.

JUSTIFICATION: In 2008, the State Education Department identified an
error in a legal notice published several years earlier by the Schenec-
tady City School District in relation to certain transportation services
for the 2003-04 school year. Because of this error, the Department indi-
cated that the expected state transportation aid would not be paid for
these two contracts which covered the 2003-04 school year, nor would aid
be paid for the renewal of these contracts in subsequent years.

Legislation was enacted as part of the 2012 State Budget to authorize
the State Education Department to pay transportation aid, which had
previously been denied, in certain cases for contracts entered into
between 2004-05 and 2011-12. This process resulted in most of
Schenectady's aid being restored in the Spring of 2013. However, the
time frame did not include the first year of the contract, leaving Sche-
nectady short of the full amount of aid which had been denied. This
bill would ensure that the Schenectady City School District receives the
appropriate transportation aid which it would otherwise be entitled to
receive

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:This bill does not cost the state any extra money.
Each year, the state budget includes funds to help school districts with
their transportation expenses. This bill simply enables the Schenectady
City School District to receive the transportation aid that was allo-
cated for it in the 2003-04 state budget for its transportation
expenses.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5853

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 18, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain  transportation
  contracts of the Schenectady city school district

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. All the acts done and proceedings heretofore had and  taken
or  caused  to  be had and taken by the Schenectady city school district
and by all officers, employees or agents of such school district  relat-
ing  to  or  in  connection  with  transportation  contracts C252137 and
C252138 for the 2003-2004 school year, and all acts  incidental  thereto
are hereby legalized, validated, ratified and confirmed, notwithstanding
any  failure  to  comply  with  the contract award, approvals and filing
provisions of the education law, general municipal law or any other  law
or  any  other statutory authority, rule or regulation, other than those
filing provisions defined in paragraph a of  subdivision  5  of  section
3604  of  the education law, in relation to any omission, error, defect,
irregularity or  illegality  in  such  proceeding  had  and  taken,  and
provided further that any amount due and payable to the Schenectady city
school  district  as  a result of this act shall be paid pursuant to the
provisions of paragraph c of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the educa-
tion law.
  S 2. The education department  is  hereby  directed  to  consider  the
aforementioned  contracts  for  transportation  aid  as valid and proper
obligations of the Schenectady city school district.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD08706-03-3

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