Cuomo signs bill forgiving N. Syracuse School District of nearly $20M penalty
ALBANY, N.Y. —
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill forgiving the North Syracuse Central School District of a nearly $20 million dollar fine for paperwork filing errors.
The errors that led to the fine occurred from 1996-2010, but the district said it wasn't aware of the issue until the Department of Education hit them with the fine in 2015. The state originally alleged the district missed deadlines on 23 capital projects, however the district was able to reduce that to six.
The approval said the $19.2 million fine, by its sheer size, is distinguishable from all penalties, which are much lower.
Cuomo said he is signing the bill because of the excessively high amount of the penalty and the negative impact on the students of the North Syracuse School District.