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Election Results: Nyack Budget Passes; Challengers Irvin, Marshall Win Seats

About 65 percent of Nyackers vote yes to budget; incumbent LaColla loses seat

Nyackers headed out to four polling places yesterday in support of the , with about 65 percent of voters choosing to pass the fiscal plan. Also, school board challengers Leeann Irvin and James Marshall were elected, and incumbent Tom LaColla lost his seat.

Don Hammond, a veteran Nyack School Board trustee who chose to voluntarily relinquish his seat, welcomed both new elects to the board, but noted the budget struggle has not concluded.

"It's been a long year, but it's not over," he said. Hammond added the board is already getting to work on the nuts and bolts of next year's budget.

Irvin, who has lived in the district for 35 years and has one Liberty Elementary student and one pre-schooler, ran on a platform that supported the budget, and a for freshman and certain sophomores.

"It's very exciting, I feel very passionate about doing this," she said. "This is a way to try and do something good for the community."

"I definitely want to build groups of people that talk to each other come up with solutions," she added, noting improved communication is a key issue.

Marshall also ran on a platform that supported the budget, block scheduling and a closed campus. He has one child in and one in .

 

Nyack Board of Education election, winners in bold (click the candidates' names to read a pre-election interview):

Candidate # of Votes
1047

1235
1035
805
Total 4122    

                                

 Nyack Budget Vote:

Yes Votes No Votes 1250 459

 

Nyack's budget by the numbers:

  • 2011-12 budget comes in at $71,316,000 and includes a 2.9 percent tax levy increase and .8 percent budget increase.
  • Health insurance, state retirement systems and contractual salaries were the main reasons for a budget increase.
  • The budget was reduced through job elimination; 6.5 central office positions, seven special education teachers, six special education teaching assistants, 17 elementary level classroom teaching assistants, 3.5 secondary teachers and two high school security staff positions were slashed.
  • The cuts are due in part to a loss in federal and state aid. There is a $537,000 loss in Nyack's state aid this year; over the past two years, the district has lost$1,116,000. Aid is now 10.3 percent of the revenue needed and taxpayers must pay 85 percent of revenue needed to fund the district's budget.
Luke Birkeland May 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM
I find it interesting and disturbing that 4122 people cast a vote for a candidate and only 1709 cast a vote for the budget!?!?!? If you make the effort to go and vote in an election, why wouldn't you participate in the entire process? This makes no sense to me. Did 2413 people truly have no opinion on the budget? If they had 3 options (yes, no, I don't know/care) would they have checked off option #3?
Kathleen Panov May 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM
A voter can cast a vote for up to three candidates if they choose (three spots were vacant), so assuming that 100% (a faulty assumption, but makes the math easier) of voters cast three votes for candidates, that's 4122/3 = 1374.
Luke Birkeland May 20, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Ah! Thanks Kathleen. I knew there had to be something wrong with my calculations...hadn't had my morning coffee yet. That makes more sense now! =o}
elizabeth February 09, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Now that the elections are over, what has happened to the promises? Where is the "reach out to the community" promises? None of the BOE members has reached out to me; regarding this year's important budget, and the tax cap. There should be widely promoted meetings for the taxpaying citizens of this district, to listen and voice their opinions regarding the upcoming budget.

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