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Tue, May 3, 2005

Court Cuts Appeals Time in Half

Assemblyman Sanders to Introduce Assembly Bill A-100

The Appellate Division, First Department, today granted a motion filed by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity to expedite the governor’s latest appeal in the long-running case. The court will hear the appeal in the October session, shortening the usual 12 months or more that an appeal of this type can take. CFE’s related motion asking the court to lift the “automatic stay” was not granted.

“Even though the stay was not lifted, we're gratified that the court granted our motion to expedite review of the case. The governor was hoping to buy himself another year but the court only gave him six months, until October,” said CFE Executive Director Michael A. Rebell.

On April 18, Governor Pataki filed his notice of appeal of Justice DeGrasse’s compliance order, which ordered the State to provide New York City schools billions more in school funding. In its motion, CFE asked the court to expedite the appeals process and lift the stay so needed funds can reach schools this year.

"We still plan to press for an immediate solution in the current session of the legislature. We've reconfirmed that Assemblyman Sanders will introduce in the near future Assembly Bill A-100, the bill based on the Schools for New York’s Future Act. We hope that both houses pass it and the governor signs it into law this spring,” said CFE Executive Director Michael A. Rebell.

Regardless of how the courts decide the latest appeal, the governor has a continuing obligation to implement the Court of Appeals' mandate, now eight months past the compliance deadline. CFE is also considering other legal options for further accelerating compliance with the Court of Appeals’ definitive constitutional mandate.


Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
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