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School boards association seeks to move May elections, recommends candidates not go door-to-door

The New York State School Boards Association said it is working with the state to change school board elections and budget votes, which are scheduled to occur May 19.

The association said it is working with the state Education Department and governor's office to move the votes to a later date, or to find another alternative this year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The association also is recommending candidates for their local school board do not go door-to-door to collect signatures on nominating petitions.

"At this point in time, public health is the paramount concern," said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider. "All school board candidates, and especially those who are at highest risk to contract the coronavirus, would be putting themselves in harm’s way by going door-to-door collecting signatures on their petitions in the midst of a pandemic. Likewise, they would also be putting community members at risk."

Nominating petitions and voter submitted petitions for referendums currently are due April 20.

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