GOP gubernatorial hopeful Sen. John DeFrancisco blasted Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday, pronouncing he did not liberate so much of $2 billion in class investment, some of which could be used for protection measures.
The administration, however, says the budget that citizens licensed through a bond act nearly 4 years in the past can handiest be released after schools observe for the cash.
The state often methods packages and simplest has 10 outstanding, Cuomo’s office mentioned. either side agree handiest $FOUR HUNDRED million has been spent.
“Nowadays I Discovered out that when four years from the date the bond act was once handed there’s approximately $FOUR HUNDRED million, an excessively small percentage of the money, that’s both been authorized or were given out the door,” DeFrancisco mentioned.
The Syracuse state senator mentioned one superintendent in Newburgh instructed him he had an software in for a couple of years.
“this particular superintendent was once announcing that he had a video camera inspiration in and he just coudn’t get it licensed,” DeFrancisco mentioned. “He’s simply waiting and ready and ready.”
Whilst DeFrancisco positioned the blame on Cuomo, pronouncing his administration is either “incompetent” or ready to release the cash throughout his re-election, Cuomo’s workforce stated it’s the schools that have left the money at the desk.
they also denied DeFrancisco’s declare that 250 college districts across the state are looking forward to the money.
“DeFrancisco is either a liar cause on politicizing every little thing of state govt, or he didn’t learn the bill he voted for,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi mentioned.
“Those budget are part of the State Education Division budget and its SED – an company that may be managed via a Board of Regents appointed by the legislature — that vets these projects. We agree that this procedure should be transferring sooner and we urge the senator to make his appointees accomplish that.”
The assessment board awarding the funds has approved 427 plans for projects masking 322 school districts and 20 different education faculties, Azzopardi mentioned.