UPDATED: School Budget Vote, Board Election Tuesday

Three seats on Glen Cove's school board are up for a vote this election.

The vote for the Glen Cove City Schools budget and Board of Education elections will be held tomorrow, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Three seats currently occupied by board president Richard Maccarone, vice president David Huggins and trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross are up for election. Only Huggins and Nedbor-Gross are running to retain their positions.

The incumbents and three new candidates on May 7, outlining their platforms and explaining what issues they consider most important.

to stick to a 2 percent tax levy cap for the 2012-2013 budget, with no major cuts necessary this year due to a one-time payback the district received from a years-old deal.

Election districts A, B and G can vote in the main lobby of ; district D voters may use the ; district E voters are directed to and district F voters to .

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Voter turnout seems to be a "little bit lower" than last year, according to the middle school's voting district chairperson, Linda Pearlman, who said she suspected the rainy weather might be a factor.

Last year saw an 8 percent turnout of registered voters, according to the school district.

The total voter count for the three voting districts' polls located at the middle school, the largest polling location, stood at just under 500 by 6 p.m., three hours before the vote is over.

Glen Cove resident Roberta Cerasi said she was happy with the slate of candidates and called the choice between them a hard one to make.

She stressed the importance of residents casting their votes, saying that those who don't do not have the right to complain about the outcome.

"Great schools, great teachers, great administrators - we've got to keep 'em that way," she said.

Prof. Walter Jameson May 15, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Chalk up another 'NO' vote for me. It really didn't have anything to do with how I felt about this particular budget. All things considered, I don't think the BOE did that bad of a job this time around. However, my vote had EVERYTHING to do with each and every school tax increase leading up to this point in time. And if you look at the numbers on that one (particularly the last 20 years), it is a scary picture indeed. This time, a majority 'NO' vote (one today and one in June) will actually lead to a zero percent increase. And that's exactly what we need -- not only this year, but for several years into the future. Just as an aside, what is your opinion on the constitutionality of having two votes if the budget is defeated; especially if the same, exact budget is resubmitted for a vote? I ask this because it would seem that my vote against the budget does not have equal protection under the 14th Amendment if the budget passes - i.e.: I don't have a second chance for my position to win if the budget passes, but the supporters have that chance if the budget is defeated on the first round.
David May 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I was like number 2 to vote down at the Middle School. I'm standing in front of the table and tell the lady my last name. She tells me to go to lady next to her for the K's. That lady had M through O, I tell her that she was the K's, she had i think J through L. I said K comes before L so she would be my person. Turns out the lady with M trough O had the J-K book and the J-K lady had the M-O book. Amazing!
Jason Molinet May 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM
At least they got that sorted out early.
Jason Molinet May 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
@Stuart What was your motivation for voting no, if you don't mind sharing?
Prof. Walter Jameson May 16, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Reading this update with regard to the voter turnout, I can't help but to think that there should be a trigger to invalidate the entire election if the total number of votes does not meet a minimum threshold. No matter what the results, it's absolutely ridiculous that so few votes could determine ANYTHING, let alone an increase that affects two-thirds of the total property tax bill. C'mon man, this is surreal!


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