Local Officials Show Support for East Ramapo Oversight Bill

Rockland officials teamed up this week to send a letter to state leaders in support of the East Ramapo oversight bill that was proposed by Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, and Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski in February. The bill would allow a state appointed fiscal monitor to watch the school board and override decisions that they make. The bill was introduced following temporary monitor Hank Greenburg, who was appointed last year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, submitted a report stating that the board continuously made bad decisions when it came to spending. If the bill were passed the permanent monitor would create a five-year improvement plan for the district to follow. The legislation has garnered the support of many local officials, no including Nyack Mayor Jenn Laird-White, the Nyack School Board, and Superintendent of the district James Montesano, who signed a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan on Tuesday. State law makers have yet to show support for the bill, and residents and county officials, including the School Board Association, have urged its passage in recent months. On Wednesday the County Legislature voted 14-1 to approve a resolution that asks state officials to pass the bill as a temporary solution and to provide the district with assistance to solve the fiscal and cultural issues that it faces.

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