Legislation has been signed into law to change Buffalo school board elections from May to the same day in November as political elections. Backers, including the Change the Date Coalition, a local group who had been pushing for the date change, say it will increase voter turnout for the school board races and save taxpayers $100,000. Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes has sponsored the legislation since at least 2011. It was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Tim Kennedy. Sam Radford of the Change the Date Collation praised Stokes and Kennedy for pushing the legislation through despite opposition from the school union. Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore was critical of Gov. Cuomo for signing the legislation and said actions by Peoples-Stokes and Kennedy would bring party politics into the school board races.
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