Commissioner Elia rejects petition to overturn Albany school bond vote

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – On Friday, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia upheld results of the vote on a bond to build a new high school in Albany.

Despite what she called “irregularities”, Elia said the petitioners had not met their burden of establishing that a new vote was required.

Elia noted that, in many instances, the petitioners looking to overturn the results did not “establish facts to support their claim”.

“I recognize this is an emotional issue for this community. But I have to make decisions based on evidence in the record before me, and the petitioners who challenged the results of the vote did not produce enough evidence to require a new vote,” said Elia.

The bond proposal was initially rejected by voters on November 3, 2015. A less expensive bond proposal was presented to voters on February 9, 2016.

That bond proposal passed with 3,974 votes in favor and 3,785 votes against , a difference of 189 votes. Appeals then ensued.

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