Protest possible bus reductions by riding one to Albany


Parents and others who are concerned about a proposal that would reduce how far buses will travel to pick up private school students can head to Albany Wednesday with state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson.

Ball has held two meetings at Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers to discuss a proposal by the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents that would cut the rides public districts must offer to out-of-district, private-school students from 15 to five miles. The move was among several mandate-relief requests put forth by the council.

“The families that choose to send their children to parochial school are still paying school taxes and this busing is one of the few tangible benefits they receive,” Ball said in a statement. “If this proposal becomes a reality, the state of New York will once again be unfairly targeting those parents who are merely attempting to provide their children with expanded opportunities and a great education.”

Interested residents can sign an online petition or go along on a bus ride to speak with lawmakers in Albany. Buses will leave Kennedy Catholic at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Krista Gobins at (845) 200-9716, or


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