East Ramapo Oversight Bill Fate Closes In

Assembly members Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski released statements coming out against the newly proposed East Ramapo oversight bill that takes away the state appointed monitor’s ability to veto decisions made by the district’s school board. They also announced that they wrote a new bill to send to the the senate in hopes of negotiating, which would give the Comptroller a say in fiscal matters only and give veto power back to the monitor. On Sunday Senator David Carlucci introduced a new version of the bill, giving oversight to the state Comptroller’s office in order to compromise with Republican leaders of the senate who did not agree with the original bill. Both Assembly people stated that they do not believe the new legislation would do enough for the district, and involving the Comptroller’s office is unnecessary. They thanked Carlucci for negotiation on behalf of the students, but stated they will not be backing the proposal, which lessens the monitor’s power and changes the time limit of oversight from five years to two. The Assembly passed the original proposal last week 80-60, and with the session ending today supporters of the oversight bill are working to negotiate with the senate members, many of whom have expressed concerns about taking power from officials elected to the school board by the public.

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