At 11:35 PM on Wednesday, June 21, the New York State Assembly session adjourned. A few minutes later, the New York State Senate adjourned as well. There is no scheduled date for either House to reconvene.
Ordinarily, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms would breathe a sigh of relief at the end of the regular legislative session. Unfortunately, however, it appears that the Legislature will return to Albany sooner than we would have hoped. The reason is simple: The Legislature didn’t complete all of its work. An existing law that provides for mayoral control of New York City schools is scheduled to expire at the end of this month. In addition, various county and city sales tax rates are set to expire by the end of the year. State Senate Republicans passed three different bills that would have renewed mayoral control, but those bills included provisions sought by charter schools and nonpublic schools; Assembly Democrats, who are closely allied with public sector labor unions, balked at those provisions. Instead of passing the Senate bills, Assembly Democrats passed legislation that would have extended mayoral control and sales tax rates. Both houses opted to leave town instead of reaching an acceptable compromise.
At some point between now and the end of the summer (and perhaps as early as this week), the Legislature is expected to return to Albany and attend to its unfinished business. Whenever the Legislature does return, NYCF hopes that the Senate will make progress on educational choice issues in negotiating with the Assembly on mayoral control. As usual, we will closely monitor any special legislative session so that we can combat any anti-life, anti-family, and anti-freedom measures.