Change The Date Coalition Calls On Governor Cuomo To Sign Legislature Into Law Changing Date Of School Board Elections From May To November In June 2019 the NYS Legislature passed Assembly Bill A4949b and Senate Bill S5224b which provides for election of members of the Board of Education of the Buffalo City School District in November rather than May.
Supporting the bill was NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (who actually sponsored the bill in the Assembly) and NYS Senator Tim Kennedy who sponsored the bill in the Sen-ate. The Buffalo Common Council also passed a unanimous Home Rule message in full support of the Bill’s passage.
Change the Date Coalition , which supports moving the Board of Education elections from May to the election day in November, held a press conference at Mt. Olive Baptist Church last Wednesday calling on Gov. Cuomo to sign the legislation into law.
The change, they say, would ensure greater participation, lower costs, more convenience and a greater democratic process. Voter participation on the May School Board election is historically extremely low – averaging 8-10 percent and as low as three percent.
This past May it was 7%. The Coali-tion believes that moving the election date to November there would be greater voter participation, ensuring more residents have a voice in deci-sions impacting Buffalo schools, students and families.
Change the Date Coalition includes Great Lakes Baptist Association, Concerned Clergy Coalition of WNY, Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo and Vicinity, Greater Buffalo United Ministries, VOICE Buffalo, and Back to Basics Outreach Ministries; the Buffalo Niagara Partnership; the District Parent Coordinating Council representing Buffalo School District parents and families; Metro Alliance of Black School Educators representing teachers and administrators, local foundations, the business community and individual private sector companies, and the nonprofit community.