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School election results

May 17, 2011 11:27 pm
Doron Tyler Antrim reports in The Daily Mail that newcomer Beth Phillips led everyone with 638 votes, and board members Bill Alfeld and Susan Kusminsky, both of Cairo, with 491 and 434 votes, were re-elected. Pat Ublacker of South Cairo, lost with 338 votes. Cairo-Durham’s $27.2 million budget passed 529-408 with a 3.45 percent tax levy increase. Voters also denied the Cairo Library a $2,000 increase in the appropriation, from $18,500 to $20,500 by a vote of 523 to 393 and approved a proposition, 461-442, to buy nine new 66-passenger school buses for more than $925,000.

The Daily Freeman reports: Budget ($37.2M) passed, 565-301; Leading race for to Board of Education seats: Karen Haas (578), Michael Maloney (511), William Fiske (490). Ward Osborn trails by six votes with 10 affidavit ballots still to be counted; also Longer walking distance for grades 6-12 from a half-mile to one mile passed, 617-233; and Catskill Public Library $580,896 budget passed, 558-292.

The Register-Star reports the Chatham Central School $27,138,001 budget, with a 1.98 percent tax increase, passed 479 to 229. Proposition one, $140,850 for the purchase of one 66-passenger bus and one seven-passenger bus, passed 475 to 236 and proposition two to allow a student representative to sit on the school board as a non-voting member both passed 554 to 133. James Marks was re-elected with 479 votes, Francis Iaconetti with 458 and James Toteno with 445. All serve three-year terms. Jim Cartin won a two-year term as a write-in candidate with 86 votes.

Melanie Lekocevic in The Daily Mail reports that the $25.1 million budget was approved 854-449 and three newcomers three newcomers — Bonnie Ecker, 770, CarolAnn Luccio, 747, and Richard Jewett, 713 votesdefeated three longtime incumbents -- President Joseph “Seph” Garland III, 511, and board members Joseph Cardinale, 482, and Michael Petramale, 502.

The Daily Freeman reports: Budget ($13.9M): Passed, 311-192; Elected to Board of Education: Brittany Bohnsack-Dufresne (272), Ronald Moore II (268), Cynthia Smith (219), and Donald Coons (210).

Miguel Madera reports in The Daily Mail that the Greenville School District budget of $26,075,037 with a 1.9 percent tax levy was approved 582-255. Greg Lampman and Rosanne Stapletonwon unopposed with 630 and 582 votes. Town members voted 531-285 to approve an increase of $1,000 for the Greenville Public Library to $38,000.

1673 voters: 1249 against the budget proposal, 424 in favor. The Hudson School Board then voted by a 4-3 vote to ignore the will of the people and accept the budget anyway. Peter Merante, Emil Meister, Jeff Otty, and Mary Daly voted in favor of an almost ten-percent tax increase that also eliminated more jobs than other area districts, and Peter Meyer, Elizabeth Fout and Jery Chapman voted against.
Lynn Slonecker of the Unmuffled blog tweets, "Landslide budget defeat...1249 to 424.... Jeri Chapman sworn in...takes Peter Rice's seat.... Staggering turn of events...BoE disparages those who voted to justify adoption of rejected budget.... Daly, Meister, Merante and Otty rejected the voters' decision because the BoE couldn't work any harder and there was nothing left to cut.... Teachable moment...after meeting had to explain to my son -- who voted for the first time today -- how this could happen."

The Daily Freeman reports: Budget ($13.2M): Passed, 181-97; Elected to Board of Education: Brian Byrne (224); School bus purchase proposition passed, 177-100; Hunter Public Library Budget passed, 162-114.

Ichabod Crane
John Mason in the Register-Star reports, "In what appeared to be a decisive rejection of taxpayer-supported football, Ichabod Crane voters Tuesday turned down a $33,837,503 budget for 2011-2012 by a 64-40 ratio. The budget carried a relatively modest tax levy increase of 3.98 percent. This means the district is most likely headed for a second budget vote on the third Tuesday in June." President Andrew Kramarchyk and John Chandler retained their seats and newcomer Susan Ramos won the third spot, and the budget failed 1,594 to 1,089.

New Lebanon
The Register Star reports that the New Lebanon Central School District passed the $12,426,151 budget with no tax increases 294 to 66. A proposition to establish a Capital Reserve Fund succeeded 173 to 131 votes. Christine Sotek and Michael Bienes, a write-in candidate, won the two open board seats.

Taconic Hills
The Register-Star reports, "voters approved the district budget and one incumbent retained her seat on the school board while the other lost his. Christine Perry managed to hold onto her seat. George Lagonia Jr. lost his and voters selected Steve Argus to fill the five-year term instead."

Michael Ryan in The Daily Mail reports that the $10,576,366 budget passed 178 to 65.
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