Tenney Welcomes Local BOCES Group To Albany

February 18, 2011
Pictured above standing with the Assemblywoman (center), from left to right, are Fred Bragan, Steven Piatkowski, Kathy Houghton, and Barbara Knight .
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R, C, I - New Hartford) recently welcomed to her Albany office representatives from Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES to discuss budgetary funding. As a member of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the Assemblywoman understands the growing role of BOCES programs in preparing students with hands-on, real-world experience and training to become more valuable candidates entering the workforce after graduation.

Additionally, Assemblywoman Tenney is co-sponsoring legislation to protect BOCES funding by permitting school districts to exclude the amount of increased expenditures for BOCES capital projects from a newly enacted cap on contingency budgets. The cap means that when a school district adopts a contingency budget, they are now prevented from increasing it by more than 120 percent of the Consumer Price Index or 4 percent, whichever is less, over the prior school year. By excluding funding for BOCES capital projects from this cap, the program is not jeopardized from advancing or expanding when schools put into place contingency budgets. This legislation, Assembly Bill 904, has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.