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Commissioner Rejects Petition To Overturn Albany School Bond Vote

Albany High School

A petition to overturn results of the troubled February 9th high school vote in Albany has been denied.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has upheld the results of the vote on a $180 million renovation plan for Albany High. The vote, run by the district, was stained by problems including confusion over polling places, many of which opened late or were not prepared to service voters, and a shortage of ballots. It was held after  voters in November narrowly rejected a $196 million plan for the school.

Elia ruled that despite “irregularities,” not enough evidence was presented to force a third vote.

Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners, a critic of the project, says expect a lawsuit to be filed challenging the decision.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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