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UPDATE: Niskayuna, Middleburgh voters reject budgets

May 21, 2013
Updated 10:55 p.m.
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— Voters in the Niskayuna Central School District rejected tonight a proposed 2013-14 budget that would have exceeded its state-imposed cap on property tax increases.

The district's $76.3 million proposal failed to garner even a simple majority, being rejected by a tally of 3,154-2,484. Because its proposed 5.76 percent tax levy increase exceeded the tax cap, however, the budget required the approval of a supermajority, or 60 percent of district voters.

Voters chose Patricia Lanotte, Kevin Laurilliard and Debbie Gordon for three-year terms on the district's Board of Education.

The only other area district to vote down its budget so far is in the Middleburgh Central School District, where residents voted 399-374 voting against a $20.3 million proposal that included a 3.92 percent increase in the tax levy that did not exceed the state tax cap. Voters also rejected the purchase of a 65-passenger bus and a wheelchair accessible, 24-passenger bus by a count of 414-357. Michael Fisher and Donald Wood were elected to serve three-year terms on the school board

The Schenectady City School District's $159.3 million budget plan was approved by a vote of 1,101-414, while incumbents Cathy Lewis and Ann Reilly and newcomer Ed Kosiur were chosen for school board seats.

Voters in the Mohonasen Central School District also easily approved their proposed budget, with the $45.4 million plan getting 934 votes in favor and 457 against. Voters also approved a $460,000 proposition to buy four 66-passenger buses by a vote of 922-463 and re-elected current school board President Dominic Cafarelli with 1,088 votes and newcomer Bob Piccirillo with 1,059 votes.

The Schalmont Central School District's $43.2 million budget was approved by a vote of 541-191, while a $455,000 proposition to purchase three 66-passenger buses, a 28-passenger wheelchair bus and a Suburban passed by a vote of 509-217. Michael Della Villa, Robert Sheehan and John DiCocco were chosen for three-year seats on the school board.

The Scotia-Glenville Central School District's $49.1 million spending plan was approved by voters, 1,058-497, while a $457,000 proposal to buy six buses passed by a margin of 1,038-520. Daniel Feinberg and Colleen Benedetto were elected to the school board.

The Duanesburg Central School District saw its $14.5 million budget proposal approved by a vote of 374-197, while a bus proposition was approved, 361-207, and newcomers Kent Sanders and Ken Meyer were chosen for the Board of Education.

Voters in the Shenendehowa Central School District voted 2,557-1,208 in favor of a $156.7 million budget that includes a 2.8 percent increase in the district's tax levy. A proposition to spend $1.8 million to buy 66 new buses was also approved by a vote of 2,607-1,075. Rick Mincher, Gary DiLallo and Todd Gilbert were elected to school board seats.

Elsewhere in Saratoga County, the Saratoga Springs City School District's $112.6 million budget proposal was approved, 1,839-458. Residents also approved a capital project proposition by a vote of 1,760-472 and a bus purchase proposition by a vote of 1,727-462. Incumbents Regina Gapczynski, Russell Danforth and Ernest Gailor were all re-elected to the Board of Education.

Voters in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District approved a $59 million budget by a vote of 1,435-824, as well as a proposition to replace seven school buses at a cost of as much as $450,000 by a 1,554-704 votes margin. they also chose Jennifer Longtin and Lee-Ann Mertzlufft for school board positions.

In the neighboring Ballston Spa Central School District, a $79.6 million budget was approved by a vote of 1,160-397, and Dan Cramer and Susan Filburn won seats on the Board of Education.

Mechanicvlle Central School District residents voted 430-167 in favor of a $21.4 million budget proposal. Voters also approved a plan to purchase three new buses for $310,000 by a vote of 392-163 and chose John Bove, John Taglione and John Zacher for school board seats.

Voters in the Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District gave a thumbs up to their proposed $19.4 million budget by a vote of 175-82. Voters also approved the leasing of a school bus at a cost of about $7,250 a year for five years by a tally of 177-80 and elected Tammi Dehler and write-in candidate Denise Keyoskey to the school board.

In the Galway Central School District, the proposed $17.9 million budget was approved, 461-239, and a bus proposition also was approved, by a vote of 443-237. Jay Anderson and Lauralyn Sakala earned four-year seats on the school board, while Melodye Eldeen won a three-year spot.

And in the South Glens Falls Central School District, residents voted to approve the district's $53 million proposed budget, 950-363. Voters also approved a $479,000 proposition to purchase four 65-passenger school buses and a 29-passenger bus, 874-433, and chose Thomas C. Kurtz, Jeff Riggi, Roger Fedele and Nelson Charron for seats on the Board of Education.

Residents of the Greater Amsterdam School District approved the district’s $63.4 million proposed budget by a count of 527-448. Voters also chose John Bottisti and Robert Vennett for school board seats.

Canajoharie Central School District residents voted in support of the district’s $19.7 million budget proposal by a vote of 220-100 and re-elected incumbent Rachael Mason to the Board of Education.

Voters in the neighboring Fort Plain Central School District approved that district $19.3 million spending plan by a count of 180-82. Incumbents Ronald Kardash rand Louis R. Capece were also re-elected to the school board.

In the newly merged Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District, voters overwhelming gave their OK to an $18.1 million budget by a vote of 154-17. The spending plan called for no change in the tax levy over the combined levy of the two individual districts in 2012-13.

Meanwhile, in Fulton County, voters in the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District overwhelmingly approved a $30.1 million package by a vote of 551-279. A proposal to buy three new, 66-passenger buses also passed, by a count of 577-245. Incumbent school board member Paul Chizek was unopposed for re-election.

In the Gloversville Enlarged School District, a $58.5 million spending plan was approved by a vote of 456-291. Voters also chose incumbent Robert Curtis and newcomers Aaron Flynn and Kevin Kucel for three-year terms on the Board of Education and Joe Andrews to fill a vacant seat that expires in June 2015.

And Greater Johnstown School District voters gave their approval to a $29,876,136 budget proposal by a vote of 293-107. They also approved a proposition to purchase three 66-passenger buses by a vote of 218-195, and chose Board of Education candidates Paul VanDenburgh, Jennifer Sponnoble and Kathy Dougherty for three-year terms

A $16.8 million proposal was approved in the Mayfield Central School District by a vote of 224-78, while Joan Scannell won the only available school board seat.

Elsewhere in Schoharie County, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District voters approved a $36.6 million proposed budget by a vote of 758-424 and a $435,700 proposition to purchase five school buses by a tally of 724-445. Voters also chose elected Mary Black and Jeffrey Foote for seats on the school board.

Schoharie Central School District residents approved a $21 million budget proposal by a vote of 334-211 and also approved propositions to purchase buses, 325-215, and renovbate the district bus garage, 307-227. Marion Jaqueway, Daniel Guasp and Terry Burton were elected to school board seats.

Results from the Northville, Fonda-Fultonville and Sharon Springs central school districts was not immediately available.

 
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May 21, 2013
9:54 p.m.
edleighton says...

The voters have sent a message to the "out-of-touch" school board that taxpayers have had enough over 3% increase the last 2 years an now a proposed 5.6%. ENOUGH! Fix the problem, renegotiate the teachers contracts or start laying them off.

May 21, 2013
10:16 p.m.
MDogsMom says...

What happened in Schenectady City?

May 21, 2013
10:46 p.m.
birmy says...

Shen got millions of extra money. Shen had low tax increase. Niskayuna got next to nothing in the way of extra money from the state. Fiscal management and making taxpayers happy is easier when your legislators do more for your home district. Shen's Board of Education may be more "in touch" with greenbacks more than anything else. As long as they keep full-day kindergarten I can probably live with any cuts Niskayuna makes. I believe 2 school districts in the entire Capital Region do not have full-day Kindergarten. Let's hope we are not the 3rd. We are the #1 rated school district in the area. If we owned a farm would we give less feed to the highest performing cow?

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