Upstate Schools Look For More Budget Breathing Room

Last year, several upstate school districts were criticized New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for exceeding the cap on their unexpended surplus fund, also known as a rainy day fund. Now, a pair Southern Tier lawmakers are trying to raise that cap: Republican Fred Akshar in the Senate and Democrat Donna Lupardo in the Assembly. Here’s why the fund is important: this past school year, the Southern Tier got hammered with snow. Which is something Union-Endicott Superintendent Suzanne McLeod knows all too well. “This past year?