A state supreme court Judge has ruled that a Westchester city may join a lawsuit against New York State over education funding.
The judge is allowing the City of Yonkers to join as a plaintiff with the New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights against New York State. The Yonkers City Council had sought to intervene on behalf of the plaintiffs -- students who they allege have been denied the constitutional obligation to ensure every school has sufficient funding for a sound, basic education. The judge also denied the state’s motion to dismiss the suit.
In the governor’s State-of-the-State address, there was no mention of mandate relief, yet several county executives said they were not expecting to hear much about it then, that it would be during the governor’s budget address where they would expect some details about coping with unfunded mandates. Governor Cuomo did speak to unfunded mandates in his proposed 2013-2014 budget address Tuesday, introducing the topic this way.
Stephen Acquario is the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.