- Posted October 1, 2012 by
Staten Island, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
City of New York in Contempt and Callous to Children
The City of New York remains in contempt of NYS law and in contradiction to the legal opinion of the NYS Education Department.. Two years ago, NYC revoked yellow bus service from 7th and 8th graders. Original reason was budgetary. Staten Island and two other smaller areas with well-defined dangerous geography have received service under a blanket waiver for 30 years. NYC after having its dollar amount saved proven incorrect after adjusting it down several times, over the course of the first year found a "like circumstances" clause in a law that had been in existence and operated with under waiver for thirty years. The City of New York now dusted off this little clause that its highly paid attorneys found, reinterpreted it and invoked it as the new reason for not reinstating the yellow bus service. A 13 yr. old girl was killed on the last day of school that year at one of the most dangerous city bus stops on Staten Island. She was a lovely girl. Archival articles and footage are available on Silive.com and NY1.com showing how a community mourned, a school dealt with the loss of a lovely, bright, talented, and well known student and was remembered by ceremony a year later by the whole first graduating class of the school as the entire 8th grade graduates and teachers wore Aniya Williams favorite red sneakers donated by KEDS. Aniya William's mother was presented with a certificate in her daughter's memory. The band played a rendition of the song Aniya Williams herself had written. The NYS legislature passes a bill to exempt the use of that language in order to restore yellow bus service. Mayor Bloomberg’s former Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott who he appointed to the position of Chancellor, in ceremony with the legislators spoke of how pleasing it was to be able to return the bus service for the safety of the children. Just before school started the following September, the Dept. of Ed. put out a listing of schools to restore bus service to, excluding 2 schools. One of these schools Aniya Williams had attended before being needlessly killed, and another on Staten Island. The 30 year old waiver had been duplicitiously modified. This was in complete disbelief to the NYS legislators. NYC had purposefully after many meetings misinterpreted a wording so as to in effect be in contempt of the legislature once again and have it their way. The waiver was changed. The NYS Department of Education Commissioners office weighed in with further legal opinion supporting the people, the children, the authors of the legislation. Yet a Mayor continues to in contempt of state law and state legal opinion. The NYSED department to whom an appeal was made by a student’s mother prior to going to court had her appeal temporarily granted. When the NYSED department requested a copy of the numbered waiver it had suddenly disappeared and the arm of the DOE that carries out administrative policy the Office of Pupil Transportation also did not have a copy to produce for the state nor any policy and procedure supporting their position. Below I have presented a list of websites, from the New York State Senate which contains the two latest letters from the two legislators who authored the bill that had been passed and signed by the governor, as well as the letter of legal opinion in opposition to NYC's incorrect interpretation of the law. In addition I have presented links to articles and editorials from the Staten Island Advance as well as just one of the many original stories regarding Aniya William’s death from NY1 news. It is hoped that in this time of uncertain political actions by politicians and the need of the people that this story may come to light.
Bill nos. S 6027-B/ A 8684-B by the NYS legislature
http://www.silive.com/opinion/letters/index.ssf/2012/09/mayor_bloombergs_list_of_boneh.html#incart_river (notice number 1)