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Nozzolio: Have a safe, successful school year

In the weeks ahead, families from all across our region will begin to get their children ready for school. For many parents, however, “back to school” time can be a difficult process. With the high cost of clothing, school supplies and other related expenses, it can be daunting to prepare a child for the school year ahead.That is why I wanted to remind you that New York State has eliminated the four-percent sales tax for clothing and footwear items under $55. This means that clothes and shoes that cost less than $ 55.00 are exempt from New York State Sales Tax. I fought hard to re-establish this exemption, and I am pleased it has been reinstated to help hard-working families who are trying to make ends meet.Ensuring a safe school environment for our students is also one of my top priorities. I am pleased to inform you that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation that I strongly supported to expand the list of crimes that would disqualify an individual from being allowed to drive a school bus. This important new law will help to ensure that our students are protected from potentially dangerous individuals throughout the school year.As always, I wish all of the students returning to school and their families a safe, happy and successful year of learning!

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