FOLLOW THE NYS SENATE BILL,
SPONSORED BY TIM KENNEDY, WHICH ATTEMPTS TO ADJUST "MISTAKES" MADE IN 2005-06 TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS.
THE BIG QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER SENATOR KENNEDY CAN PULL OFF A WIN FOR THE DISTRICT, BUT RATHER IF HE BOTHERED TO VALIDATED THAT THESE TRANSPORTATION CONTRACTS WERE EARNED BY BUS COMPANIES IN AN OPEN BID PROCESS.
DOES THE BOARD OF EDUCATION KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION?
A FURTHER QUESTION IS WHY THE ADMINISTRATORS AT THE TIME ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN WHEN THEY WERE MAKING WELL OVER $100,000 PER YEAR?
TO WHOM ARE ADMINISTRATORS ACCOUNTABLE IN A DISTRICT THAT HAS AN INCOMPETENT BOARD OF EDUCATION???
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME HAMBURG SCHOOLS HAD AN OPEN BID PROCESS FOR TRANSPORTATION?
WHERE WAS THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL PUBLISHED?
HAMBURGER WROTE ABOUT THIS IN THE "MISSED THE BUS" POST IN DECEMBER 2010. THERE YOU CAN READ ABOUT FORMER SUPERINTENDENT MARK CRAWFORD CLAIMING HE WAS WORKING WITH LEGISLATORS TO GET A REIMBURSEMENT, WHICH EVIDENTLY DIDNT HAPPEN.
PERHAPS, MARK CRAWFORD DIDN'T WORK HARD ENOUGH, OR WORKED TOO HARD ON TRYING TO FIND A NEW JOB, WHICH HE DID AS SUPERINTENDENT OF WEST SENECA.
MARK CRAWFORD LEFT THE HAMBURG TAXPAYER UP A CREEK WHEN HE MOVED ON TO WEST SENECA IN THE ETERNAL SEARCH FOR A HIGHER FINAL AVERAGE SALARY.
NYS SENATE BILL.....READ ON....
BILL NUMBER:S5607 REVISED 06/08/11 TITLE OF BILL: An act to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain transportation contracts of the Hamburg central school district PURPOSE: Legalizes, validates, ratifies, and confirms certain transportation contracts of Hamburg Central School District. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill rectifies submission errors made by Hamburg Central School district when filing transportation agreements from the 2005-06 school year. JUSTIFICATION: The Hamburg Central School District made an error in submitting transportation contracts for the 2005-2006 school year, and as a result, the State Department of Education did not approve them. In order for Hamburg Central to receive the correct amount of state transportation aid these past contract numbers must now be validated through special legislation. Failure to receive reimbursement of the transportation contract costs would create undue fiscal hardship to the school district and its students. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7915/A.11125, Passed Senate (61-0), Passed Assembly (134-2), Vetoed by Governor (Memo No. 6830) 2009: S.2841-B/A.7991-A, Passed Senate (58-0), Passed Assembly (140-0), Vetoed by Governor (Memo No. 56) 2007-08: A.11647-A FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill would legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain transportation contracts for the Hamburg central school district. All such contracts listed in this bill have already been approved, claimed and aided by the state education department. Therefore, there would be no fiscal impact on the department from this bill. EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K 5607 2011-2012 Regular Sessions I N SENATE June 6, 2011 Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Local Government AN ACT to legalize, validate, ratify and confirm certain transportation contracts of the Hamburg central school district THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. All the acts done and proceedings heretofore had and taken or caused to be had and taken by the Hamburg central school district and by all officers, employees or agents of such school district relating to or in connection with certain transportation contracts E000042, E010526, E010527, E010528, E010529, E010530, E010531, E010532, E010533, E010534, E010535, E010537, E010539, and E610793 of the 2005-2006 school year with various contractors, and all acts incidental thereto are hereby legal ized, validated, ratified and confirmed, notwithstanding any failure to comply with the contract award, approvals and filing provisions of the education law, general municipal law or any other law or any other stat utory authority, rule or regulation, other than those filing provisions defined in paragraph a of subdivision 5 of section 3604 of the education law, in relation to any omission, error, defect, irregularity or ille gality in such proceeding had and taken. S 2. The education department is hereby directed to consider the aforementioned contracts for transportation aid as valid and proper obligations of the Hamburg central school district. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately. EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11756-01-1