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Bill would force school districts to ditch mascots if they want to keep state funding

A new bill aims to strip funding from school districts with race or ethnically-based mascots.

That bill, which was proposed by New York State Senator Pete Harckham, of Westchester County, defines mascots as a person, animal, or object derived from a specific race or ethnicity.

It goes on to note that this includes any mascots based on certain characteristics of a specific race of ethnicity.

If this became law several local schools would be impacted. Districts would have three years to replace mascots before the funding would end.

Canandaigua, Waterloo, Red Jacket, and Romulus school districts would be impacted.

The Odessa File reports both the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts have reopened conversations about using the Senecas and Indians as their respective mascots