Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, Schenectady County, emerged from a closed-door Senate Republican conference to say that at about $270 million has been restored to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $1.5 billion cut to education aid.
Seventy-percent of that aid would go to upstate districts, Farley said.
“They’re going to try to take care of certain areas that got hammered,” Farley said.
Cuomo’s $132.5 billion budget calls for $1.5 billion in education aid cuts, which would draw down state funding from $20.9 billion to $19.4 billion, or 7.3 percent.
Legislators were concerned that the cuts disproportionately hurt upstate and rural districts that heavily rely on education money from Albany.
As for the contentious issue of prison closures, which upstate lawmakers fear will impact their communities, Farley said that issue is still being worked over.
“Let’s hope that that’s worked out,” he said. “I hope that may be resolved.”