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UPDATE: All Southampton And East Hampton Town School Budgets Pass Tuesday Night; Several Incumbents Unseated

Newly elected Sag Harbor School board members January Kerr and Alex Kriegsman.  DANA SHAW
May 18, 2017 11:55 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m.

Incumbent Timothy Frazier retained his seat on the Springs board with 209 votes. He will be joined on the board by write-in candidate Patrick Brabant, who received 176 votes to beat out Donna Sutton with 100, and Ivonne Tovar-Morales with 89. The district's $28.1 million budget also passed with 298 in favor and 105 opposed. A proposition to purchase a new school bus was also approved, with 289 in favor and 114 against.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 10:15 p.m.

The $39.9 million Sag Harbor budget passed with 973 in favor and 269 against. Board of Education newcomer Alex Kriegsman, with 910 votes, January Kerr, with 866 votes, and incumbent Diana Kolhoff, with 884 votes, all earned seats on the board. They beat out incumbents Sandi Kruel and Theresa Samot, who earned 452 and 366 votes, respectively. Proposition 2 to establish a capital reserve fund for the district's bus fleet also passed with 973 in favor and 269 against. Proposition three was approved with 1,042 in favor and 190 opposed and authorizes capital improvements to replace windows at the district's school buildings.

The Sagaponack School $1.7 million budget was unanimously passed with 19 votes in favor and none opposed. Board member Brian Villante will retain his seat on the board, also receiving 19 votes.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 9:55 p.m.

For Eastport South Manor, the $92.9 million budget passed 906 in favor to 338 opposed. For the highly contested school board race, newcomers Cheryl Hack and Jeffrey Goldhammer won their seats on the seven-member board with 574 and 471 votes respectively. The candidates ousted incumbents Patrica Harran and Donna Moeller, who received 370 and 357 votes respectively. Brian Rocha garnered 191 votes, while George Cermak received 167. A district library proposition also passed on Tuesday, 1,028 in favor to 204 opposed.

In Southampton, newcomers SunHe Sherwood-Dudley and Jacqueline Robinson won the BOE race with 446 votes and 524 votes respectively. They beat out incumbent Andy Brindle, who had 269 votes, and Natalie Sisco, with 245. The Southampton budget proposal passed 584 to 235.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 9:45 p.m.

In Quogue, the $8.1 million budget was approved 159 yes to 17 no, with Malcolm Jock McLean winning his seat on the board with 98 votes. Edmund Moore and Kathryn Paling each garnered 40 vots and 23 votes respectively.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 9:25 p.m.

The proposed $68.3 million budget passed in East Hampton with 291 votes in favor and 53 opposed. A proposition on the ballot to establish a new capital reserve fund for capital improvement projects also passed wtih 241 yes and 96 no. Incumbents Jacqueline Lowey and John Ryan Senior both retained their seats wtih 278 and 302 votes respectively.

In Westhampton Beach, the $56.1 million budget overwhelmingly passed with 448 in favor and only 99 opposed. The Westhampton Library budget also passed with 360 yes votes and 185 no votes. In the Board of Election race, Dawn Arrasate came out on top with 264 votes, beating out Kathleen Theune and Tabitha Spizuoco with 154 votes and 111 respectively.

East Quogue also passed its $24.4 million budget with an overwhelming majority, with 607 in favor and 98 against. In the BOE race, candidates Kristin Jankowski and Brian Babcock won their seats on the board with 509 and 363 votes respectively, beating out Richard King, who received 346 votes. A proposition to create a capital reserve fund also passed 588 to 99, while the library proposition passed with 615 to 86.

The Remsenburg-Speonk $13.5 million budget passed with 140 votes in favor and 42 against, while longtime BOE member Deirdre DeVita retained her seat with 169 votes. A proposition to create a capital reserve fund for the district passed 141 to 38, while the tuition contracts for the districts high school students was approved 168 to 12. District voters also approved a library agreement 161 to 20.

For Hampton Bays, the $50.8 million budget passed with 713 in favor and 237 against. At the same time, propositions to repair and upgrade district facilities passed 740 to 209, and a bid to replace the high school roof passed 713 to 232. Incumbent Dot Capuano will retain her seat with 853 votes.

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

Write-In candidate Claudia Quintana has won a seat on the Amagansett School Board with 115 votes. Incumbents Patrick Bistrian III, who garnered 122 votes and Dawn Rana-Brophy, with 111 votes, were reelected to the board. Candidates Anna Bernasek and Mary Eames earned 107nand 90 votes, respectively.

Voters approved the disgtrict budget for next year.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.

Bridgehampton voters have also approved their $14.4 million spending plan with 102 in favor and 74 opposed. In the uncontested Board of Education race, Kathleen McCleland garnered 136 votes, while Markanthony Verzosa pulled in 116. Both will be on the five-member board.

A proposition on the ballot also passed in Bridgehampton 84-41 to create a new reserve fund for the district.

The Montauk proposed $18.82 million budget also passed muster 115 to 8 opposed. Board member Kelly White retained her seat with 112 votes.

In Tuckahoe, the district approved the $20.2 million budget 234 to 121 against, while two propositions giving $55,000 to the Southampton Youth Association and $7,868 to the Parrish Art Museum both passed with 256 votes and 254 votes respectively. Longtime board member Bob Grisnik will retain his seat with 280 votes.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 8:15 p.m.

Wainscott School District voters unanimously approved its $2.94 million budget on Tuesday, with 31 votes in favor of the plan and none against. Incumbent David Eagan has been reelected to another term.


Taxpayers will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote on the proposed school district budgets and on members of the Board of Education for the next year.

In both Springs and Amagansett, last minutes candidates have launched write-in campaigns for their boards, races that were, until last week, believed to be uncontested.

Springs Union Free School District has three candidates, Patrick Brabant, Ivonne Tovar-Morales, and Donna Sutton, all seeking write-in nominations for the board. The trio, as well as incumbent Timothy Frazier, are seeking two seats on the board. Mr. Frazier currently serves as the board vice president and is hoping to retain his seat on the board, while current President Elizabeth Mendelman has opted to vacate her seat. In addition to the School Board, the district is asking residents to approve a proposed $28.1 million operating budget for next year.

Voting will be from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Springs School library.

Amagansett will also see an unexpected contested race. There are currently three candidates on the ballot for the district—incumbents Patrick Bistrian III and Dawn Rana-Brophy, as well as Anna Bernasek. Last week, two write-in candidates, Mary Eames and Claudia Quintana, announced they are also running for the board. The Amagansett School District will also ask voters to cast ballots approving its proposed $10.7 million operating budget for the 2017-18 school year.

Voting will be at the Amagansett School from 2 to 8 p.m.

The Sag Harbor district also has five candidates looking to nab three seats. Incumbents Theresa Samot, Sandi Kruel and Diana Kolhoff are all hoping to retain their seats, while newcomers January Kerr and Alex Kriegsman are hoping to unseat them. The proposed budget is $39.9 million. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pierson High School gymnasium.

The Southampton School Board race will feature three familiar faces, as well as one newcomer, all seeking two open seats on the seven-member panel. Incumbent Andy Brindle will be joined on the ballot by Natalie Sisco, who is making her second run for the board, and Jacqueline (Foster) Robinson, who is making her third bid. Newcomer SunHe Sherwood-Dudley rounds out the field. Registered voters can cast their ballots, and also vote on the district’s $68.8 million 2017-18 budget, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., in the music room of the intermediate school on Leland Lane.

Three newcomers are seeking the Westhampton Beach Board of Education seat now occupied by Stacy Rubio, who has opted not to seek reelection. Dawn Arrasate of Westhampton Beach, Kathleen Theune of Quiogue and Tabitha Spizuoco of Westhampton Beach are all making their first run for public office. Residents can vote in the board race between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. this Tuesday, in the large group instruction room at the high school on Lilac Avenue. At that time, they can also vote on the district’s proposed $56.1 million budget for next year.

Three individuals—and no incumbents—are seeking one open seat on the Quogue Board of Education after Vice President Larry Berman has opted to step down. Edmund Moore, Malcolm Jock McClean and Kathryn Paling are all vying for the solo seat. Residents can cast ballots for the seat, as well as on the $8.1 million spending plan, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the elementary school.

The East Quogue School Board will look different following Tuesday’s races as two incumbents, President Patricia Tuzzolo and Cynthia McNamera, have opted not to seek reelection. Three newcomers—Brian Babcock, Richard King and Kristin Jankowski—are looking to replace them. Both seats are three-year terms. Voters can cast their ballots, and vote on the board’s proposed nearly $24.4 million budget, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the school.

Over in Eastport South Manor, six candidates are battling it out for three seats on the board. Donna Moeller and Patricia Harran are joined on the ballot by Jeffrey Goldhammer, who made an unsuccessful run last year, and three first-time candidates: Cheryl Hack, George Cermak and Brian Rocha. Controversy rocked the ESM election last week when it was revealed during a meet the candidates event that Mr. Cermak was convicted in 1995 of felony second-degree manslaughter and subsequently served 20 months in prison. In addition, residents can vote on the board’s proposed $92.9 million 2017-18 budget, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the board room of the junior-senior high school in Manorville.

In East Hampton, taxpayers are being asked to consider a $68.3 million budget while incumbents Jacqueline Lowey and John Ryan Sr. remain unchallenged in their reelection bids. Voting will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. in the board room of the district office at 4 Long Lane.

Montauk School District is asking voters to approve an $18.8 million budget proposal, it will be the second year in a row that the district has proposed cutting its operating budget—this year, by about $154,000. Just one incumbent, School Board member Kelly White, is running for reelection this year, and she is unopposed. Voting will be from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Montauk School.

Wainscott School District residents will decide on a $2.9 million budget for next year. Wainscott School Board President David Eagan is running unopposed for another three-year term. Voting will be held at the Wainscott School from 2 to 8 p.m.

Sagaponack School Board member Brian Villante faces no opposition when he seeks a second three-year term. District residents can vote for Mr. Villante, along with the school’s proposed $1.7 million budget, at the school between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Both candidates running in Tuesday’s School Board election in Bridgehampton are unopposed, meaning that newcomer Markanthony Verzosa is all but guaranteed to win his first election bid. Also on the ballot will be incumbent Kathleen McCleland, who is seeking her second three-year term on the five-member board. District residents can cast ballots in the board race, and also vote on the board’s nearly $14.4 million budget for 2017-18, between 2 and 8 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Bridgehampton School.

Longtime Board of Education member Robert Grisnik is once again running unopposed to stay on the Tuckahoe Board. This year’s nearly $20.2 million budget comes in under the tax cap and, if approved by a simple majority of taxpayers, will restore some of the programming and technology initiative cuts following last year’s budget rejection. Registered district taxpayers can cast their ballots in the board race and on the school budget between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. in the Magee Street school.

Longtime Hampton Bays Board of Education member Dorothy “Dot” Capuano is unopposed in her bid for reelection. Registered taxpayers can cast ballots on the race, and also vote on the district’s proposed $50.8 million budget, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Middle School.

Longtime Remsenburg-Speonk Board of Education member Deirdre DeVita is unchallenged this year, meaning she is poised to win her third three-year term. The district has put forth a $13.5 million budget and polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9p.m. at the Mill Road Elementary School.

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The budgets passed because we don't have an Isis pigeon in the WH any longer and people possess more confidence in the future
By SlimeAlive (817), Southampton on May 17, 17 5:17 AM
SlimeAlive...always trying to boost traffic to 27east.com to cushion his/her ad revenue.

can't knock the hustle
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (493), southampton on May 17, 17 12:42 PM
Southampton voters have spoken, change is good. Get rid of stale wood. Maybe even get a valedictorian again. Praise the students that work hard, No medals for participating...
By knitter (1212), Southampton on May 17, 17 10:07 AM
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