Panel Discussion on Unfunded Mandates Tonight in Hastings

The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the James Harmon Community Center.

"Unfunded Mandates--or state/national government-imposed regulations that require actions by state or local governments or public schools, without providing funds to pay for their completion--are all the buzz right now.

Local schools especially are denouncing recent laws, such as New York 's requirement that all teachers be evaluated based on test scores  and statute that all schools conform to the Common Core Standards, because the costs associated with these tasks are heafty, while the state has provided minimal or no funds to complete them, they argue.

Many state government officials, however, believe that evaluating instructors based on student achievement will improve the overall performance by students across the state.

Tonight there will be a panel discussion on mandates in the James Harmon Community Center in Hastings. The event is sponsored by BEST4NY, an organization that describes itself as fighting for "better education and smarter taxation" in New York.

The discussion will focus on how mandates affect union contract negotions and the overall cost of running local governments and schools in New York.

Panelists will be:

Paul Feiner – Supervisor, Town of Greenburgh

Eileen Baecher – President, Hastings-on-Hudson Board of Education

Niki Armacost-Trustee, Hastings-On-Hudson

Francis Frobel, Village Manager, Hastings-on-Hudson

Vincent Toomey- Labor Relations Attorney – represents Westchester

Nate Morgan, president of the Teachers Union in the Hastings-on-Hudson Public School District, posted on facebook this morning that he hopes many locals will attend the forum to learn more about, he believes, these mandates and how they affect residents' taxes.

The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 11.

What do you think of stste and national government-imposed mandates?  From your understanding, are they affection your taxes?

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Gina June 11, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Sure they affect our taxes! If the State mandates certain things that they didn't fund, where do you think the school will get the money? From the taxpayer! This is Stupid. How does the State know that the local government has the money to pay for these mandates? The state doesn't care, as long as it doesn't come from their budget. That law should be changed. If there is a law passed from the State government that requires money to see it to fruition, then the State should pay for it...not the homeowners & small businesses. I think we pay enough in taxes.
Lizzie Hedrick June 11, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks for your input, Gina.
TimLia June 11, 2012 at 07:51 PM
its time for Hastings to reorganize. A village clerk is making a 170 thousand a year???


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