Kantrowitz Supports NYS School Taxpayers’ Protection Act

New City, NY  (March 19, 2014) – The Rockland County Legislature passed a resolution sponsored by Legislator Barry Kantrowitz (District 5/New City-Pomona) that supports bills introduced in the State Legislature, that if passed would establish the “New York State School Taxpayers’ Protection Act” and a process to address charges that may arise concerning financial improprieties within public school districts outside of NYC.


Assembly bill A.1328 and Senate bill S.1781 recommend, among other things, the creation of an independent state agency, the Office of the Inspector General for Education.  The IG would have the authority to investigate allegations of corruption, financial improprieties, unethical misconduct or other criminal conduct within public school districts outside of NYC.   The bills also would incorporate extensive financial safeguards and sanctions for violations of school district finance laws.


Legislator Kantrowitz said, “This bill increases the financial reporting requirements, protects whistleblowers, and establishes a statutory framework to deal with corruption and fiscal mismanagement in school districts throughout the state.  The cost of this needed oversight should be covered and exceeded by the savings that will come from reduced incidents of fraud and improper conduct.” The bill also proposes to curtail unfunded state mandates, which Kantrowitz said, “should ease the financial burden on districts and local tax payers.”





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Stephen Arzoomanian March 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM
This is something we need desperately, the school taxes in the state are more then 10 times or 1000% houses in Pennsylvania.This man should be commended for his action, the overspending in school and municipal governments in this state and rampant corruption in paying social service money to lazy bums and burden the property owners with the expense
Mike Hirsch March 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM
I like what I'm seeing from Kantrowitz so far.
Charles Clewsow March 21, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Another resolution with ZERO impact.
Gloria R. March 21, 2014 at 08:10 PM
I agree in principle but how much weight does the smallest second most indebted county in the state carry. never mind Barry is not even elected. i think we have become too accustomed to being represented by majority party interim appointees from opposite parties than the person they replace to even notice. the party whose member is being substituted for should select who it is
frankie g March 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Nothing wrong with having better rules and oversight for a problem(s) but proposing an expansion of existing government bureaucracy to do the job of an already dysfunctional bureaucracy is laughable. Just what i would be expecting from a probable liberal career politician wanna be.


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