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Legislative docket may not include bill on Buffalo schools

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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.

Senator Patrick Gallivan says he doesn't know yet if he will sponsor the bill in his house.

"I just don't think that the issue for mayoral control of Buffalo schools needs to be linked with anything else," Gallivan said.

Often in late-session maneuvers, bills get packaged together.

"It's a relatively new proposal and I think there are many things to look at and like so many things, there's no reason to rush into it, lest we get a bad result like the SAFE Act, I think is a great example of something we rushed into."

Board Member Carl Paladino has indicated that passage of the bill would result an immediate lawsuit.


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.