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Cuomo vetoes restoration of aid to Schenectady schools

By Lombardo David
Friday, September 27, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo blocked a measure to restore a year of funding from a transportation contract for the Schenectady City School District.

The district and local state legislators fought for three years to restore funding for a transportation contract, worth about $3.8 million, which the district erred in awarding and when the state Education Department, which had funded the contract, caught the mistake they penalized the district by clawing back the funding. This year, in large part due to the continuous efforts of Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, the state agreed to give back the money over a three-year period.

But there was a catch.

The restoration didn't include the first year of the contract, so the district wasn't going to get back the entire amount of funding that was taken back by the state.

Legislation, which was sponsored by Farley in the Senate and co-sponsored in the Assembly by members Phil Steck, D-Colonie, and Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, was introduced this year to restore funding for the excluded year too. The legislation passed both house of the state Legislature.

On Friday, Cuomo vetoed the legislation, which means the district won't get a full restoration of the contract.

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