Massapequa School District Guarded on County Guarantee Decision

Deputy Superintendent reacts to Appellate Court reversal.

The Massapequa School District was on the winning side of this week's state  court decision which shifts the burden of paying for tax assessment errors back to Nassau County, but school officials aren't sure that the battle is over.

“We are cautiously optimistic that this is a positive step in the right direction for school districts," said deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock, who handles budget issues for the district. "However Nassau County may decide to appeal the decision for a third time.”

The Nassau County legislature voted in 2010 to repeal the "County guarantee" which made Nassau County responsible for paying out tax refunds for assessment errors.

Massapequa joined other districts in filing a lawsuit against the move and came out on the losing end of a lower court decision.

But an appellate court ruled that the guantee was added to the county  administrative code by a special state law and the county doesn't have power to repeal it.  Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli said they will appeal.

Larry Greenstein, who serves on the executive committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Board Association, also praised the decision.

“The school districts will not have to pay for the county's inability to process certiorari claims on a timely basis,” Greenstein said.. “The county is charged with assessing properties and school districts use tax information in good faith to set a tax levy. I am pleased that the justices are not penalizing us for their failure to properly assess property values and settle claims in a timely matter.”

Adina Genn contributed to this report.

donna March 02, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I am currently appealing the NY Board of Educations rule that does not allow children in district #23 in Massapequa to have more than one bus pass. If a child is residing at more than one home Legally ( i mean in a home owned by its legal parents in the school distict and legally the parents have joint custody) they should be able to receive busing from both homes as long as they are within the distant limits that are allowed for busing). If you know anyone who is affected by this please contact me at dmd40905@aol.com as the more people I have the better chance we can appeal this antiquated ruling!
donna March 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I already spoke with Alan Adcock and the Commisioner of the NY State Board of Education and they cannot help me. As a taxpayer of Massapequa since 1993 I ask of nothing from the school distrct that would incur any addition costs to anyone! The bus stop is in front of my house and they cannot ride the bus! Ridiculous! I watched a small school bus pick up one child down the block from me and I followed it to Unqua as this ONE child exited the school bus -no other children were on this bus . I inquired and found out this child was cursing on the school bus and because of his behavioral problem he was removed from the bus and has his OWN person transportation! I am pretty sure this comes out of our taxes!
donna March 02, 2013 at 01:21 PM
We make provisions for behavioral problems ( and I am not saying disabled children), minorities and every one else. My 3 children are always on the high honor role and have never caused any trouble in school, ever .......they live in two homes in Massapequa because I believe this is one of the best schools on Long Island....so now they are being discriminated against..............
Concerned Long Islander March 02, 2013 at 04:32 PM
I agree with you on this one, Donna. Fairfield is at the end of my block and the school buses go down my block every morning. I've seen the large school buses half empty, while there are dozens and dozens of cars parked on my block and the surrounding block...I always ask WHY? Having attended Fairfeld in the 50s and graduating MHS in the 60s, I become increasingly infuriated at the stupidity of our administrators these days. Common sense has flown out of the window, to be replaced by PC...the minority ALWAYS WINS~! And we wonder why our children no longer have imaginations. Imagination is what helped this country grow and prosper--today is all about "status quo." Good luck in your endeavor, Donna. However, until we bring forth leaders in every corner who have courage and who can "think outside the box," we're stuck with a society that will continue to "dummy down."
donna March 02, 2013 at 10:29 PM
thank you


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