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Schenectady waits for aid ruling

By Kathleen Moore
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Another month has gone by without a word from the state Education Department regarding the $3.8 million that it was expected to return to Schenectady a year ago.

But at this point, everyone is used to silence.

A full story is available HERE.

The Education Department has ignored letters from state representatives, phone calls from Schenectady City School District leaders and interview requests.

Assemblyman Phil Steck, D-Colonie, has also tried writing letters. Now he’s asked for a conference call with the education commissioner.

“I think we’re going to have to pursue it a little differently,” he said. “We’ve sent in letters, but I think letters are not as effective as speaking to the person in question.”

Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, has sent in four letters. He only got a response to one — after he complained that he was being ignored. That letter promised a decision by the end of February. For months, there was no follow-up to explain why that deadline was missed.

A copy of the latest letter from Farley to the state Education Department is available below.

Recently, department spokeswoman Antonia Valentine offered this explanation: “The review has taken longer than anticipated, but it is expected to be resolved.”

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Farley Letter to SED

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