East Hampton School Budgets Pass

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By Virginia Garrison 
and Rohma Abbas
Wendy Geehreng, J.P. Foster and Rich Wilson were the top vote-getters in the East Hampton School Board election, winning three seats from among a pool of six candidates on Tuesday.

Alison Anderson, the only incumbent to seek reelection this year, was turned out of office. Nicholas Boland and Mary Ella Moeller also fell short in their bids to win board seats.

East Hampton’s $64.2 million budget was approved by a 561-to-122 margin, according to District Clerk Kerri Stevens.

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

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 by a margin of 383 to 117, according to Springs School Principal Eric Casale.

Mr. Miller was the top vote-getter, amassing 437 votes. Mr. Wilson received 392 votes and Mr. Drew took 78 votes.

Mr. Wilson and Mr. Miller will replace School Board President Kathee Burke Gonzalez and board member Teresa Schurr, who did not seek reelection this year

In Montauk, an $18.7 million budget was approved by a 218-to-50 margin. With 160 votes, Lee White won a seat on the board, beating Honora Herlihy, who received 101 votes, according to District Clerk Grace Lightcap. Mr. White will take the seat now held by Therese Watson, who did not seek reelection this year.

Amagansett voters approved a $10.2 million budget by a vote of 127 to 25, according to District Clerk Cheryl Bloecker. A proposal to use $225,000 in a capital reserve fund to upgrade security at the school passed 135 to 14. The Amagansett Library’s $900,417 budget passed 134 to 18.

John Hossenlopp received 102 votes and Victoria Handy Smudzinski 97; both incumbents were running unopposed.

Wainscott voters approved a $3.5 million budget. According to District Clerk Mary McCaffrey, there were 41 votes in favor and one “no” vote. William A. Babinski Jr., running unopposed to fill the expiring seat of Nancy McCaffrey, received 39 votes. There was one write-in vote for Catherine Dickinson, one for Bill Costello and one blank write-in vote.

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