State fails to give Roosevelt $8M in bailout funds

The Roosevelt School District did not receive $8 million in bailout funding it expected Monday and is set to run out of money by the end of January. Local activists are blaming state Assemblywoman Earlene

News 12 Staff

Jan 1, 2008, 8:28 PM

Updated 6,042 days ago

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The Roosevelt School District did not receive $8 million in bailout funding it expected Monday and is set to run out of money by the end of January.
Local activists are blaming state Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, who promised Roosevelt the check was coming from Albany.
?How can you tell the people in the community ? you're going to get a check by December 31, and then it doesn't happen,? said Frank Scott of the Roosevelt Watch Society.
Hooper introduced legislation giving the school district $14 million. The state Senate, which had twice approved $8 million bailout plans, went along with the bigger dollar amount the third time - but the assembly never reconvened to vote on it.
?I'm hopeful with what the Senate has done with the support from the community that the Assembly will almost be embarrassed to have to do it, because I don't know why they haven't done it as of this date,? said state Sen. Charles Fuschillo.
Hooper did not return calls seeking for comment about the funding. Roosevelt?s superintendent, who could not be contacted because he is on vacation, said in a letter to Hooper obtained by News 12 Long Island that without more state money, the district won't be able to pay its bills past the end of January.


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