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Enhanced Yeshiva Student Busing Plan Still Alive In New York State Budget Talks

Posted on 21 March 2013 by Community Voice NY

BY Glenn Blain

Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders appear to have misspoke Wednesday night when they claimed a controversial – and potentially costly – proposal to enhance bus service for city yeshiva students had been taken out of the budget.

“It is still being discussed,” said Assembly Spokesman Michael Whyland.

“We are all under the assumption that is in the budget,” added state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn).
The proposal being pushed by state lawmakers would require New York City to offer busing for all private students in classes taught after 4 p.m. Most of those students attend yeshivas.

The plan also calls for city buses transporting after-hour students to drop them off within 600 feet of home. Current regulations require only that buses stop within a half-mile for students in second grade or younger, and within a mile for those between third and sixth grades.

Bloomberg administration officials have lobbied against the measure, arguing it would cost city taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Boro Parker Says:

    Does anyone know whose bill this? This would be great for our kids not to have to walk or take busses home from yeshiva in the dark of winter…
    Kol Hakavod to the sponsors

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