Assembly would restore some state funding to St. Lawrence County schools
Monday, June 28, 2010 - 5:42 pm

St. Lawrence County school districts will receive more state funding than originally expected if $600 million in additional school aid approved by the state Assembly this afternoon becomes law.

“While we were able to restore 40 percent of the governor’s devastating cuts, we still made an $800 million reduction in state aid to education,” said Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, who represents the 118th “River District,” including Canton, Potsdam, Massena and Ogdensburg.

Senate staffers said their chamber was expected to work into the evening and vote on a budget package that was part of an agreement reached between Assembly and Senate leaders on Sunday, the Albany Business Journal reported. However, as Businessweek is reporting, Paterson's threat of vetoes means legislators will probably continue to battle.

Nonetheless county schools in most cases will nonetheless be receiving less state aid next year than they did this year under the Assembly's bill.

The measure adopted by the Assembly also rejects the governor’s proposal to provide SUNY colleges with “unchecked ability to raise their own tuition,” said Russell.

“In addition, we restored $23.6 million to the TAP program so college can remain affordable to all those looking to advance their education.”

Here is how St. Lawrence County schools in Russell’s districts would fare:

Canton Central will receive $528,462 more than Gov. Paterson had proposed, but still $499,705 less than this year.

Hammond Central would get $78,077 more than Paterson proposed, but $281,091 less than last year.

Lisbon Central would get $159,923 more than Paterson proposed, but $5,338 less than last year.

Madrid-Waddington would get $110,069 more than Paterson proposed, but $357,665 less than last year.

Massena Central would get $588,089 more than Paterson proposed.

Morristown Central would get $111,162 more than Paterson proposed, but $92,871 less than last year.

Norwood-Norfolk would get $252,442 more than Paterson proposed.

Heuvelton Central would get $163,340 more than Paterson proposed, but $104,816 less than last year.

Potsdam Central would get $509,591 more than Paterson proposed, but $706,858 less than last year.

For more details from a chart provided by Russell's office, visit www.northcountrynow.info/state-funding-schools-approved-state-assembly-j....