Congressman Tom Reed is pleased with the New York State Office of Emergency Management’s request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the spring storm and flood disaster eligibility time period be extended.
Reed noted that while FEMA has designated 21 counties in New York as eligible for federal disaster assistance for spring storm damage, the declaration does not include significant damage that occurred later in May. The Corning Republican also sayst that the state is requesting that FEMA extend the eligibility for federal aid disaster for storm damage which occurred through May 30. The current declaration only includes damage which occurred through May 8.
Reed wrote to Governor Cuomo earlier this month asking the Governor to request an expansion of the eligibility period. “I appreciate the Governor moving forward on this matter on behalf of our rural municipalities,” Reed said. “We will ensure that FEMA understands why this eligibility expansion is critical to our towns.” Reed’s office has begun working with FEMA to request attention to storm and flood damage in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties.
Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, the first Republican to back same-sex marriage is meeting with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning to discuss his vote to suppor tthe legislation, which was heavily backed by Bloomberg.
The New York State United Teachers union announced Tuesday that it is suing the state Education Department, claiming that regulations the Board of Regents adopted violate a state law that sets up a new teacher- and principal-evaluation system.
The lawsuit alleges that Regents overstepped their authority and violated the law when they passed regulations last month that allow 40 percent of a teacher evaluation to be based on student achievement on state tests. The law, meanwhile, states that 20 percent shall be based on state assessments and 20 percent on other “locally selected measures” that are developed through collective bargaining.
State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman said the agency is confident the new evaluation system will be upheld in court.
“This new teacher and principal evaluation system will allow local districts to recognize and replicate teaching excellence, provide intensive professional development for teachers in need of additional support and provide a fair, objective and expedited means of removing ineffective teachers from the classroom,” he said in a statement.
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