Legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms certain transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district which were denied by the education department for failure of the district to publish certain information required by statute.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district
PURPOSE: To legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain acts of the Schenectady City School District in order to ensure that the District receives needed state reimbursement that it was supposed to receive for certain transportation contracts
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill legalizes, validates, ratifies and confirms the acts and proceedings of the Schenectady City School District in relation to two transportation contracts for the 2003-04 school year.
Section 2 directs the Education Department to consider the approved costs of such transportation contracts as valid and proper obligations of the Schenectady City School District.
JUSTIFICATION: In 2008, the State Education Department identified an error in a legal notice published several years earlier by the Schenectady City School District in relation to certain transportation services for the 2003-04 school year. Because of this error, the Department indicated that the expected state transportation aid would not be paid for these two contracts which covered the 2003-04 school year, nor would aid be paid for the renewal of these contracts in subsequent years.
Legislation was enacted as part of the 2012 State Budget to authorize the State Education Department to pay transportation aid, which had previously been denied, in certain cases for contracts entered into between 2004-05 and 2011-12. This process resulted in most of Schenectady's aid being restored in the Spring of 2013. However, the time frame did not include the first year of the contract, leaving Schenectady short of the full amount of aid which had been denied. This bill would ensure that the Schenectady City School District receives the appropriate transportation aid which it would otherwise be entitled to receive
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:This bill does not cost the state any extra money. Each year, the state budget includes funds to help school districts with their transportation expenses. This bill simply enables the Schenectady City School District to receive the transportation aid that was allocated for it in the 2003-04 state budget for its transportation expenses.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5853 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 18, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. FARLEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain transportation contracts of the Schenectady city school district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. All the acts done and proceedings heretofore had and taken or caused to be had and taken by the Schenectady city school district and by all officers, employees or agents of such school district relat- ing to or in connection with transportation contracts C252137 and C252138 for the 2003-2004 school year, and all acts incidental thereto are hereby legalized, validated, ratified and confirmed, notwithstanding any failure to comply with the contract award, approvals and filing provisions of the education law, general municipal law or any other law or any other statutory authority, rule or regulation, other than those filing provisions defined in paragraph a of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the education law, in relation to any omission, error, defect, irregularity or illegality in such proceeding had and taken, and provided further that any amount due and payable to the Schenectady city school district as a result of this act shall be paid pursuant to the provisions of paragraph c of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the educa- tion law. S 2. The education department is hereby directed to consider the aforementioned contracts for transportation aid as valid and proper obligations of the Schenectady city school district. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD08706-03-3