Governor Cuomo Signs Hendrick Hudson School District Building Aid Bill
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will restore $1.4 million of state aid payments to the Hendrick Hudson School District. The timing is ideal for the district as is begins to contend with the expected closure of Indian Point in the coming years.
The district, which serves nearly 2,500 students, derives about a third of its annual budget, or $24+ million, from Indian Point. Due to the plant's closure, the school district stands to lose tens of millions of dollars in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) revenue that it currently receives from Indian Point.
New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and New York State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef sponsored the bill, which allows the State Education Department to fulfill its financial obligations to the district.
"This bill is of critical importance to the Hendrick Hudson Central School District as it prepares for the impending closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility," said Senator Murphy. "Due to this impending financial hardship, it is critical that the Hendrick Hudson Central School District receive their full aid.”
In late October, Hendrick Hudson School District Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter appealed to the governor to sign the bill, along with the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, Westchester Putnam School Boards Association, Power Through Cortlandt, the Lower Hudson Education Coalition and Westchester County Executive George Latimer.
"We applaud the governor's signing of this bill,” said Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter. “Along with our educational partners and lawmakers, we have advocated for many years to restore this much-needed funding. We have worked closely with the Governor's team as we prepare for life post-Indian Point, and I believe the relationship we have forged played a big part in reaching this important milestone.”