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Senate pushes restoration of education funds

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The state Senate is fast-tracking at least eight education funding bills that were vetoed in September by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The bills all involve school districts that have been stripped of state aid because of minor errors. The bills include the restoration of $3.8 million to the Schenectady City School District.

In this morning's state Senate Committee on Education meeting, Chairman John Flanagan, R-Long Island, said, "We're going to push the issue." The eight bills have been referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.

Flanagan acknowledged that there was no indication from Cuomo that he would sign the legislation this time or include the funds in the state budget, which will be made public next Tuesday.

A story on the attempt being led by state Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, to recoup $3.8 million for Schenectady will be in the Gazette on Wednesday.

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