Legislature may not vote on E. Ramapo monitor bill

The fate of the East Ramapo school district oversight bill might not be decided before the legislative session ends this month.

The plan, which would bring in a state-appointed monitor with veto power over the school board, seems to have hit a significant roadblock.

There has been major opposition from powerful Republicans in both chambers, citing concerns of everything from anti-Semitism to civil rights violations. Rockland Republican Karl Brabenec, who represents the district, said he believes the state would be overstepping and usurping local authority. He added that having the state take away control from a body of locally elected officials sets a terrible precedent.

Without enough support, the bill won't hit the floor for a vote.

While this would create a setback for advocate groups, several of the bill's sponsors say all hope isn't lost. They have just received a key endorsement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already said he would sign the bill into law if it comes to his desk.

The legislative session ends June 17.

 

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