In an effort to keep New Yorkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9. The school board elections and budget votes will all be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid.
The order also delays local special district and Village elections until Sept. 15.
Schools Closed for Remainder of the School Year
The Governor also signed an executive order closing schools for the remainder of the school year. Schools in New York State will continue distance learning programs.
“Schools have asked about summer school and whether we will have attendance in schools for summer schools. That decision will be made by the end of the month,” said Gov. Cuomo in a statement posted on the Governor’s website www.governor.ny.gov. “We’ve made great progress to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but we still don’t know when this pandemic will end and we don’t want to undo all the work we’ve already done to flatten the curve.”