East End Voters Decide On School Budgets, Board Members

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UPDATE, 11:10 p.m.:

Riverhead voters approved the proposed $117.6 million budget, 1520-1252. Voters also approved Proposition 2, 1382-1266, which authorizes the district to establish a capital reserve fund for the purpose of renovating, or demolishing and rebuilding its bus storage and maintenance facility. Voters rejected Proposition 3, 1183-1413, which would have authorized the district to purchase two parcels of land in Riverside adjacent to the Phillips Avenue Elementary School for the purpose of possibly relocating its bus storage and maintenance facility.

Incumbent Amelia Lantz and newcomer Chris Dorr were elected to the Board of Education in a three-way race with incumbent Jeff Falisi. Ms. Lantz received 1,270 votes, Mr. Dorr received 1,423 votes and Mr. Falisi received 1,082.

UPDATE, 11:00 p.m.:

The Hampton Bays $47.1 million budget passed easily, with 934 votes in favor and 418 against. Voters also approved Proposition 2, 991-556, which will eliminate the bus route that serves kindergarten students who live within the mile radius of the Hampton Bays Elementary School.

Incumbent Richard Joslin was reelected to the Board of Education with 999 votes. Newcomer Kevin Springer will also join the board with 721 votes. Adam Ortiz received 622 votes.

Quogue voters approved the district’s $7.82 million budget, 82-10. Voters also approved Proposition 2, which authorizes the district to approve a tuition contract with the Westhampton Beach School District, by a margin of 86-5, and Proposition 3, which authorizes the school district to collect $546,946 from taxpayers that will be used to operate the Quogue Library, by a margin of 85-5.

Three candidates ran unopposed for three seats on the Board of Education. Incumbent Lauren Battista received 79 votes, incumbent Barbara Sartorius received 73 votes, and newcomer Joyce Flynn received 73 votes.

UPDATE, 10:37 p.m.:

Sag Harbor’s $35.51 million budget passed comfortably, with 825 voters giving it a thumbs up and 377 opposing it.

Proposition 2—to keep in place the district’s bus transportation policy—also passed easily, 865 to 309.

Proposition 3—to spend about $1.11 million to repair the Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School gym roofs and Middle/High School bleachers, with $240,000 of the cost coming from the 2013-14 budget and $873,600 from a facilities renovation capital reserve fund—passed overwhelmingly, 910 to 268.

Daniel Hartnett, a past School Board member, will return to the board in July with a full, three-year term, raking in the most votes, 741, in a six-way race for four seats.

Incumbent Susan Kinsella, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term in September, won the second full term, with 696 votes.

David Diskin, a first-time challenger, came in third with 689 votes to earn a two-year unexpired term.

Board Vice President Chris Tice grabbed the final open seat, also a two-year unexpired term, with 680 votes.

Rounding out the field were Ed Drohan, an incumbent who will not retain his seat, with 514 votes and Tom Ré, a first-time candidate, with 423 votes.

UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.:

Eastport South Manor voters passed the $91.2 million spending plan with 1,045 voting in favor and 530 opposed. Proposition two, which will allow the transfer of $2.34 milion from th liability reserve fund to the retirement contributions reserve fund also passed, with 1,032 voting in favor and 514 opposed. The Library proposition also passed, with 1,252 in favor and 317 opposed.

In a highly contested Board of Education election, incumbents Karen Kesnig, who received 752 votes, and Marie Brown, who received 695 votes, will both keep their seats on the seven-member board. They will be joined by Nick Vero, who received 614 votes, and beat out Erik Lassen, with 506, John Squicciarini, 380, Ken Colvin, 321, Margot McGinniss, 299, Nicolette Krumholz, 273, and Stevenson Petit, 249.

UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.:

In East Quogue, voters rejected the proposed $23 million budget, 494-340. The district was just seven votes shy of reaching the 60 percent approval needed to pass the budget, which exceeded the state mandated 2-percent tax levy cap.

The Board of Education will head back to the drawing board to decide whether to draft a second, amended budget, or put the same budget up for a second vote. If the second vote fails, the district will be faced with adopted a zero percent tax levy increase, which will mean massive cuts to programs and staff.

Voters elected Carrie Bender, who received 513 votes, and Dianna Gobler, who received 488 votes, to the Board of Education. Incumbent Joseph Tsaveras received 387 votes, and did not retain his seat.

Voters approved Proposition 2, 725-107, which authorized the district to to approve a three year tuition contract for students in grades seven through 12 with the Westhampton Beach School District for the period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, and Proposition 3, 634-110, which authorize the district to collect $601,036 in taxes to allow district residents, who do not have their own library, to visit the Quogue, Westhampton Beach or Hampton Bays libraries.

UPDATE, 9:50 p.m.:

At Remsenburg-Speonk, voters approved the $12.8 million budget, 240-120. At the same time, district residents voted 322-37 in favor of continuing the tuition contract with Westhampton Beach and Eastport South Manor School Districts, and 294-65 no to maintain a contract with the Westhampton Free Library.

School Board candidates John Barry, who received 297 votes, and John Kern, who received 274 votes, will both be on the board next year.

UPDATE, 9:40 p.m.:

Voters in Westhampton Beach approved the $53.5 million budget on Tuesday night 493-200.

Voters also approved the library budget, 477-209.

Claire Bean will be joining the seven member Board of Education after receiving the most votes, with 459, and incumbent Halsey Stevens will retain his seat with 395 votes. Mr. Stevens narrowly beat out former board member Joyce Donneson, who collected 344 votes.

UPDATE, 9:35 p.m.:

Southampton voters approved the 2013-14 $61.9 million budget on Tuesday, 402-160.

Incumbent Christina Strassfield was also reelected to her second five-year term on the board, with 328 votes.

Voters also approved Proposition 2, 426-37, which would keep in place the district’s bus fleet replacement program for another year, not exceeding $350,000, for the purchase of one bus and two vans; Proposition 3, 435-129, which authorizes the district to spend $1.5 in capital funds to continue to repair all three school buildings; Proposition 4, 413-150, which authorizes the spending of $398,320 for the district’s participation in the Southampton Youth Association; Proposition 5, 345 to 212, which authorizes the spending of $326,509 for the district’s participation in the Parrish Art Museum; and Proposition 6, 394-167, which would authorize the spending of $98,000 for the district’s participation in the Southampton Historical Society.

UPDATE, 9:33 p.m.:

In Springs, Adam Wilson and Jeff Miller won two seats in a three-way race with Martin A. Drew Jr.. The district also approved a $25.4 million budget plan for 2013-14 by a margin of 383 yeas to 117 nays, according to School Principal Eric Casale.

Mr. Miller was the top vote-getter, amassing 437 votes. Mr. Wilson received 392 votes. Mr. Drew took 78 votes. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Miller replace School Board President Kathee Burke Gonzalez and board member Teresa Schurr, who did not reelection this year

UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.:

Bridgehampton voters approved a $11.2 million budget for the 2013-14 school year, 137-50, and elected two incumbents, Lawrence LaPointe with 143 votes, Gabriella Braia with 113 votes, and one newcomer, Jennifer Vinski with 147 votes. Ms. Braia will serve the balance of an unexpired term previously held by Elizabeth Kotz, beginning effective immediately. There were three write-in candidates: District Clerk Jeannine Stallings with 11 votes, Bruce Dombkowski with one vote and Philip Cammann with one vote.

Voters also approved Proposition 2, 139 to 48, which authorizes the district to levy $160,000 for participation in the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center, and Proposition 3, 109 to 78, which will allow the district to change the maximum eligibility criteria for students in nine through 12 from 15 miles from their home to the school they attend to 25 miles, an estimated cost of $60,525.

UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.:

In Sagaponack, voters approved a $1.735 million budget, 42-2, with one abstention.

Incumbent Cathy Hatgistavrou, who ran unopposed for a three-year term was reelected, 44-1. This seat is at large. There were no write-in votes.

UPDATE 8:56 p.m.:

East Hampton School District voters approved a $64.2 million budget and elected three new School Board members out of a pool of six. Wendy Geehreng, J.P. Foster and Rich Wilson amassed the most votes, while Alison Anderson, the only incumbent, did not win a seat, nor did Nicholas Boland or Mary Ella Moeller.

The budget was approved by a margin of 561 to 122, according to District Clerk Kerri Stevens.

Ms. Geehreng took 450 votes, Mr. Foster 430, Mr. Wilson 302, Mr. Boland 277, Ms. Anderson 246 and Ms. Moeller 183.

UPDATE 8:36 p.m.:

Tuckahoe School District voters approved the 2013-14 $18.5 million budget on Tuesday night—244 to 142 votes.

School Board President Dr. Daniel Crough will return to his seat next school year, winning 219 votes. There were no write-in candidates.

All the additional propositions were passed as well: Proposition 2 giving the district the authority to contract with Southampton and Westhampton School Districts for the education for Tuckahoe students in ninth through twelfth grades, was passed 254 to 118; Proposition 3 authorizing the district to levy $55,473 to participate in the Southampton Youth Association, was passed 252 to 127; and Proposition 4, giving the district authorization to levy $7,688 for participation in the Parrish Art Museum, was passed 243 to 134.

“I’m relieved,” Dr. Crough said about the approved budget. “I’m proud of the district and the hard work that has been put into education and how the staff has handled sacrifice. The community recognizes it is a team effort and the vote reflects the community’s committment to citizenship. Every year this gets more and more important.”

UPDATE 8:28 p.m.:

Amagansett voters approved a $10.2 million budget on Tuesday night, according to District Clerk Cheryl Bloecker. The budget passed by a vote of 127 to 25.

School Board members John Hossenlopp and Victoria Handy Smudzinski were reelected to their posts. Both ran unopposed. Mr. Hossenlopp recieved 102 votes. Ms. Smudzinski garnered 97 votes.

Voters also approved a proposal to use $225,000 in a capital reserve fund to upgrade security at the school.

UPDATE 8:25 p.m.:

The Montauk School District’s $18.7 million budget was approved by voters on Tuesday night by a margin of 218 to 50, according to District Clerk Grace Lightcap.

Voters also elected Lee White to the School Board, over Honora Herlihy. Mr. White garnered 160 votes to Ms. Herlihy’s 101 votes.

There were no write-in votes.

UPDATE 8:15 p.m.:

Wainscott voters approved an approximately $3.5 million 2013-14 budget on Tuesday evening, with 41 people voting in favor of the spending plan and 1 nay, according to District Clerk Mary McCaffrey.

Voters also elected William A. Babinski Jr. to serve on the School Board. Mr. Babinski ran unopposed for School Board member Nancy McCaffrey who is retiring this year. There were two write-in votes for Katherine Dickinson and Bill Costello.

ORIGINAL STORY:

School budget votes and elections are today. Voters in school districts across the East End will decide on school budgets and propositions, as well as elect members of their local school boards.

Voting times vary from district to district.

In East Hampton polls are open from 1 to 8 p.m. at East Hampton High School at 2 Long Lane.

In Springs, polls are open between 1 and 9 p.m. at the school at 48 School Street.

in Amagansett, polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the school at 320 Main Street.

in Montauk, polls are open from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Montauk School gym at 50 South Dorset Road.

In Sag Harbor, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pierson Middle/High School gymnasium at 200 Jermain Avenue.

In Southampton, polls are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the intermediate school music room at 70 Leland Lane.

In Tuckahoe, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tuckahoe School Library at 468 Magee Street.

In Bridgehampton, polls are open between 2 and 9 p.m. in the Bridgehampton School gymnasium at 2685 Montauk Highway.

In Sagaponack, polls are open from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the Sagaponack School Board’s annual organizational meeting at the school at 400 Sagg Main Street.

In Hampton Bays, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium at 70 Ponquogue Avenue.

In Westhampton Beach, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the large groups room at the high school at 49 Lilac Road.

In Quogue, polls are open from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Quogue School at 10 Edgewood Road.

In East Quogue, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the East Quogue School gymnasium at 6 Central Avenue.

In Remsenburg-Speonk, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the elementary school at 11 Mill Road.

In Riverhead, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riley Avenue School at 374 Riley Avenue in Calverton, the Roanoke Avenue School at 549 Roanoke Avenue, the Riverhead High School at 700 Harrison Avenue and the Phillips Avenue School at 141 Phillips Avenue in Riverside.

In Eastport South Manor, polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Board of Education room at the junior-senior high school at 543 Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville.

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