Mandate Relief in NYS

November 4, 2011
Dear Constituent,

Many of you have responded to my email about the Open Houses I am hosting on Mandate Relief with questions about where you may find a comprehensive list of these mandates. As far as I know, that does not yet exist. However, the NYS Mandate Relief Redesign Team did release an initial report, which you may look at here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/assets/documents/finalmandate.pdf

I have also compiled some links to websites where interests groups and organizations around the state have identified mandates they believe are burdensome and costly. Following that, there are a few links to groups that oppose some suggested mandate rollbacks.

Feel free to explore these before you come to one of my two open houses, Wednesday, November 16th from 10-3pm or Thursday, November 17th from 6-8pm at my district office, 2 Church Street, Ossining. If you are not able to attend, you may email me your priorities for mandate relief at galefs@assembly.state.ny.us. Feel free to call the office with any questions at (914) 941-1111. If you have already responded with suggestions, thank you.

Thank you for your involvement in state government.

Sincerely,
Sandy Galef

Mandate Relief Recommendations for New York from Various Organizations & Interest Groups

NYSSBA (NYS School Board Association): A list of recommended mandates to be cut: http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba_pdf/gr_MandateReliefBooklet08.pdf

NYSCOSS (NYS Conference of School Superintendents): 2004 PDF discussing mandates and mandates that can potentially be repealed:

http://www.nyscoss.org/pdf/upload/1-mandatepaper.pdf

NYSAC (NYS Association of Counties): Mandate reform ideas organized according to the nine mandates that consume 90 percent of the property tax levy statewide, beginning with the largest mandate, Medicaid.

http://nysac.org/legislative-action/documents/ReformingMandates_Updated.pdf

NYSPTA (NYS Parent Teacher Association): Discusses mandates in depth in two of the publication’s sections, links to other sources, press releases regarding mandates:

http://www.nyspta.org/pdfs/publications/FastFactsMarch2011.pdf

NYCOM (NY Conference of Mayors): Recommendations for mandate and tax cap relief:

http://www.nycom.org/documents/taxcapbookk10.pdf

NYSED (New York State Education Department) The following list of mandates for NYS School Districts was compiled after requests to school districts and partner organizations to provide us with those mandates that represent the greatest challenges to districts in terms of financial burden and required time/human capital.

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/fmis/mandaterelief/ & http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CEQQFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcpofnys.org%2FLibraries%2FEducation%2FJuly_2011_SED_mandaterelief_comment_form.sflb.ashx&ei=cgWwTqqANqL40gGU7uWbAQ&usg=AFQjCNF2OOPaFIF9D_5Xr-z77xKCaCjrPg

Empire Center for New York State Policy/Manhattan Institute testimony from E.J. McMahon with recommendations for Mandate Reform. Please visit their Web site for more information.

R.E.A.D. (Regional Educational Advocacy Districts) is a group of local school districts in my area who have been working together on mutually beneficial efforts. Go to their website and click on “Mandate Costs” or “READ presentation to Unfunded Mandate Task Force” for some school related mandates and associated costs: http://www.read1.org/

Let NY Work-A Coalition of Business, Government, and Education leaders, recently published this combined set of recommendations

http://www.bcnys.org/whatsnew/2011/let-ny-work-media-packet-0111.pdf

Opposing Views on Mandate Relief Recommendations

NY AFL-CIO on Wicks (see second letter on page)

http://www.nysaflcio.org/index.cfm?zone=/Docs/legislative_alert/2011/Legislative_Alert_03_14_11.htm

New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association & The Police Conference of New York

http://www.capitaltonight.com/2011/03/more-mandate-relief-report-opposition/

New York State Association of School Psychologists

http://www.nyasp.org/mandate_relief/

New York Association for Pupil Transportation

http://stnonline.com/home/latest-news/3519-ny-relief-act-still-alive-amid-opposition

Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

http://www.ldanys.org/images/uploads/misc/1244583576_S.5636-A.8398%20mandate%20relief%20memo%20.pdf