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Sides reach agreement on $435M in city school funding

Rochester Business Journal
June 17, 2014

The city of Rochester and state legislators have resolved their differences over language authorizing $435 million in funding for Rochester City School District upgrades, the two sides announced Tuesday in joint statement.

“Following a series of productive conversations, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement on the incorporation of additional amendments to legislation authorizing Phase II of the Rochester School Facilities Modernization Program,” the sides said the statement.

Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott released an open letter Monday to local members of the state Legislature, saying Assembly legislation lacked safeguards to protect taxpayer dollars and the integrity of the program.

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, responded with a statement late Monday afternoon saying adequate safeguards were in place.

Amendments incorporated into the bill include several advanced by Warren, officials said Tuesday.

The amendments include reinstating the project’s independent compliance officer as a non-voting member of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board; providing for a criminal offense should any person submit a false report to the joint board; and providing the mayor the ability to approve the contract of the program manager.

The Assembly bill and a comparable bill in the state Senate now moves forward for a vote.

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