A local education official tells WBEN that he believes New York schools should open their academic years sooner than they currently do.
"I don't think there's enough days of instruction in the state of New York in terms of the length of both the day and the year," says Robert Bennett, who represents the area on the New York State Board of Regents.
Bennett would like to see the school year expanded by about 15 days. He also adds that this is a topic that's been around for a while.
"We did a study ... over ten years ago now on time and learning and we concluded we absolutely need more days of instruction," he says.
The number of days of instruction is tied to the amount of state aid each district receives, he says, so that would have to be part of the discussion on the issue.
Governor Cuomo, the state legislature, and the Board of Regents would all have to agree on any changes that are ever made to the school year, Bennett says.