Thursday, March 28, 2013
Provision to expand yeshiva bus service on the taxpayer dime makes its way into state budget
City officials have argued the new requirements will require twice as many stops as before and likely prompt parents of students at charter schools and other private schools to clamor for equal treatment.
Critics are calling the new requirements a political giveaway to the Orthodox Jewish community. It was pushed by Senate Republicans and their renegade Democratic ally state Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn.
When the Daily News first disclosed the proposal two weeks ago, Mayor Bloomberg objected and Gov. Cuomo provided assurances that it would not be included in the state’s final spending plan.
“Given the cuts already facing the city, we will have no choice but to cut other services to pay for these costs,” Botnick added.
State Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) defended the measure, saying it’s intended to ensure safe transportation for all students — not just those in yeshivas. He accused the city of exaggerating the fiscal impact.