A New York state Assemblyman-Elect from the Hudson Valley is calling on the governor to sign legislation that would aid two school districts.
New Windsor Republican Assemblyman-Elect Colin Schmitt of the 99th District penned a letter December 21 to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, asking him to sign legislation that would relieve the Newburgh Enlarged City School District and Chester Union Free School District of millions of dollars in state imposed penalties. Schmitt says the penalties are due to past clerical errors related to state building aid final cost reports and, without this legislation enacted, the two school districts along with taxpayers would be negatively impacted. He points to the state’s once having waived such penalties for the North Syracuse Central School District. The bill had been introduced in the Assembly by Schmitt’s predecessor, Democrat James Skoufis and in the Senate, by the retiring Republican Bill Larkin.