Voters approve budgets in all five North Fork districts

05/15/2018 8:10 PM |

Greenport stood alone and its residents delivered.

As the only school district in Suffolk County asking its voters to pierce the tax cap, Greenport officials quickly exhaled shortly after 8 p.m. when the results of Tuesday’s budget vote began to be tallied. For the second time in three years, voters approved the budget with more than 60 percent approval to allow the district to pierce the cap.

“I’m so thrilled and grateful to the residents of Greenport,” Superintendent David Gamberg said after the $19,038,000 budget for 2018-19 was approved. “Their support of our school district really represents their true spirit as Porters and how much their community’s school means to them.”

Voters in all five North Fork districts approved their budgets in Tuesday’s election.

For school board in Greenport, incumbents Barbette Cornine (229) and Daniel Creedon (221) defeated challenger Sonia Spar (170).

In New Suffolk, where no candidates were running for school board, a tie emerged from the write-in votes. Lauren Grant and Jim Baker both received eight write-in votes, forcing officials to figure out what to do next for the tiny district.

“I will call them in the morning and see if either is interested,” said school board president Tony Dill. “Just because someone wrote them in doesn’t mean they wanted it.”

If both say they want the decision, another vote will be held to determine the winner, Mr. Dill said.

The district has been embroiled in controversy for months and, until recently, there was concern the tiny school would not remain open. The budget carries a 1.6 percent tax levy increase, remaining within the tax cap. Considerable savings were realized from the resignation of teacher Martha Kennelly, which takes effect July 1.

Mattituck and Southold both had overwhelming majority approval. In Mattituck, voters approved by 76.4 percent. In Southold, voters approved by 79 percent.

Incumbents Paulette Ofrias (390) and John Crean (335) were re-elected to the Southold school board by defeating Amy Bennett (295).

Oysterponds had no issues with an 85 percent approval.

A full breakdown of the numbers below:

Greenport School District

BUDGET APPROVED
Yes: 243
No: 133
(64.6 percent approval)

$19,038,000 proposed budget with an estimated tax levy increase of 4.62 percent

School board election results: (Two open seats, three candidates)

  • Barbette Cornine: 229
  • Daniel Creedon: 221
  • Sonia Spar: 170

Superintendent David Gamberg: “I’m so thrilled and grateful to the residents of Greenport. Their support of our school district really represents their true spirit as Porters and how much their community’s school means to them.”


Oysterponds School District

BUDGET APPROVED
Yes: 103
No: 18

$5,794,781 proposed budget with an estimated tax levy increase of 1.08 percent

School board election results: (Two open seats, two candidates)

  • Philip Mastrangelo: 95
  • Linda Sledjeski Goldsmith: 87

Superintendent Richard Malone:I’m very pleased with the budget. It will allow us to do the things that we anticipate bringing to the school and it keeps us moving in a very positive direction without strapping the local taxpayers.”


Mattituck School District

BUDGET APPROVED
Yes: 415
No: 128

$40,676,974 proposed budget with an estimated tax levy decrease of 0.22 percent

School board election results: (Three open seats, three candidates)

  • Barbara Wheaton: 462
  • Doug Cooper: 442
  • Jeffrey Connelly: 406

Referendum Proposition No. 2 Approved
(Establishes a Capital Reserve fund)

Yes: 394
No: 139

School Board President Charles Anderson: “This is the best budget we ever had.”


New Suffolk School District

BUDGET APPROVED
Yes: 45
No: 18

$1,292,581 proposed budget with an estimated tax levy increase of 1.6 percent

School board election results: (One open seat, zero candidates)

  • Lauren Grant: 8 (write-in votes)*
  • Jim Baker: 8 (write-in votes)*

*Winner to be determined

Superintendent Tony Dill:I will call them in the morning and see if either is interested. Just because someone wrote them in doesn’t mean they wanted it.”


Southold School District

BUDGET APPROVED
Yes: 436
No: 115

$29,981,000 proposed budget with an estimated tax levy increase of 1.62 percent

School board election results: (Two open seats, three candidates)

  • Paulette Ofrias: 390
  • John Crean: 335
  • Amy Bennett: 295

Superintendent David Gamberg:We’re so grateful to our community for the continued support. We look forward to continuing.”

Photo caption: Greenport Superintendent David Gamberg celebrates the budget approval Tuesday night. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

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