Albany, New York- Late Friday afternoon, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel learned that her bill, the School Bus Mandate Relief Act (A.6821), was the center piece of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mandate relief program package, which was passed that same evening by the State Legislature.
For the past three years, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel has been working with the New York State Education Department as well as local school superintendents, school boards and parent associations, to help save taxpayers money by providing school districts with greater flexibility in eliminating empty bus seats. Schimel’s legislation (A.6821) provides school districts mandate relief in bus transportation costs by allowing them to base the number of seats provided for students on actual bus ridership.
Schimel’s bill, which was supported by the State Education Department, New York State School Boards Association, New York State School Superintendents Association, and the New York State Catholic Conference, had gained significant momentum in recent weeks.
“I am grateful that the Governor recognized the importance of Senator Jack Martins and my legislation by including it in his mandate relief package. This is a common-sense measure supported by all stakeholders and I am happy that it will now become law,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
Under this measure, school districts could save taxpayers up to half a million dollars per year.