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May 19, 2015 7:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: All Of The South Fork School Budgets Passed Tuesday Night; Several Incumbents Ousted

Polls are open across the South Fork as taxpayers cast their vote on the proposed school district budgets and board of education candidates.
May 20, 2015 10:37 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 9:50 p.m.

In East Quogue, the $23 million budget passed 575 to 118 and candidate Christopher Hudson defeated Carolyn Terry 348-299. The Library budget passed 589-101.

The Springs School $27.4 million budget was passed 293 to 121, and newcomer Barbara Dayton was elected to the School Board with 332 votes. Voters also approved the school's five-year exclusive tuition agreement with East Hampton High School 321 to 87, and approved a two-year purchase agreement of a wheelchair ​mini-van. The school's proposition to spend $2 million on constructing a new parking area and traffic flow at the school failed 232 to 184 -- 56 percent of taxpayers vote no.

Voters in the Sag Harbor School District approved a $37.5 million budget Tuesday night, 720-246. It is paired with a $34 million levy. In the school board race, incumbents Thomas Schiavoni and Chris Tice were reelected, with 723 and 605 votes, respectively. Newcomer Stephanie Bitis was also elected onto the school board, snagging the third vacant seat with 677 votes. Other candidates in the race, James Sanford and James Ding, received 348 votes and 243 votes, respectively. Voters also approved a second proposition on the ballot in addition to the budget, which will allow the district to establish a repair reserve fund. Voters approved it 709-243.

The $55 million budget for Westhampton Beach passed 535-112 and the library budget passed 519 to 128. Suzanne Mensch and Joyce Donneson were elected to five year terms with 461 and 414 votes, respectively, while Stacy Rubio will finish out a vacant $2 year term with 412. Steve Wisnoski failed to make the board with 349 votes.

At Eastport-South Manor, the $92.4 million budget passed 766 to 256. Kenneth Cooke received 600 votes, Virginia Churchin received 534, and Kevin Gleason had 508.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 9:40 p.m.

The $65.1 million Southampton budget proposition passed with 482 in favor and 221 opposed. Incumbents Roberta Hunter and Donald King both retained their seats with 413 and 298 votes respectively, while newcomer Natalie Sisco received 283 votes and Robert Fischette received 255 votes. The Proposition for the capital reserve fund passed 519-178, while the Southampton Youth Association Budget passed 501-189, and the Historical museum also passed with 484-216.

In Hampton Bays, the $49.3 million budget passed with 970 yes and 288 opposed. Michael Dunn received 943 votes and Liz Scully received 716 to earn spots on the board, while incumbent Warren Booth was ousted with 548 votes.

In Remsenburg-Speonk, the $13.2 million budget passed 253-106 with Jennifer Pratt Ashley receiving 142 votes and Heather Carriero receiving 145 votes to earn spots on the board. Kevin Toolan garnered 121 votes, Joshua Berger received 76, Paul Giere had 95, and Scott Heptig had 50 votes. The Tuition contracts passed 329 to 29, while the library budget passed 316 to 41.

The $10.6 million budget in Amagansett passed with 145 yes votes and 33 opposed. First time candidate Steve Graboski received 102 votes to beat incumbent Mary Lownes who had 75.

The $66 million budget in East Hampton passed 440 to 73. Incumbents Christina DeSanti and Elizabeth Pucci were both elected to a three year term with 395 and 370 votes respectively, while John Ryan Sr. was appointed effective tonight with 311 votes. Incumbent Deme Minskoff was not reelected with 286 votes.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.

Results are starting to come in on Tuesday night as polls across the East End start closing.

The $19.1 million Tuckahoe budget has passed 181-92. Sean Hattrick, who was running unopposed, was successfully voted onto the three member board with 190 votes.

The $7.8 million Quogue budget passed with 94 yes votes and 10 opposed. Anael Alston, who was running unopposed, retained his seat with 97 votes, and both of the propositions on the budget passed.

Voters in the Bridgehampton School District approved a $12.8 million spending plan for the 2015-16 school year, 124-31. The budget is paired with a $11 million levy. Board of Education members Ron White, Lillian Tyree-Johnson, and Douglas DeGroot all ran unopposed to reclaim additional three-year terms.

In Wainscott the $3.1 million budget was approved with 40 votes in favor and noone opposed. Incumbent Kelly Anderson was reelected with 39 votes.

The $1.8 million Sagaponack also passed with 15 yes votes and incumbent Joseph Louchheim was reelected with 16 votes.

Voters approved Montauk's $19 million budget 295 to 54 and agreed to a five-year exclusivity agreement for its tuition rate with East Hampton High School 317 to 28. Incumbent Diane Hausman will return to her seat with 218 votes. Carmine Marino Jr. garnered 137 votes.


Polls are open across the South Fork as taxpayers cast their vote on the proposed school district budgets and board of education candidates on Tuesday.

There are several contested Board of Education races on the East End, including Southampton, Sag Harbor, Hampton Bays, Westhampton Beach, Remsenburg-Speonk, East Quogue, Eastport South Manor, East Hampton and Montauk.

In Southampton, registered voters will decide on a proposed $65.1 million spending plan and two candidates out of a four-person pool for the vote. Incumbents Donald King and Roberta Hunter are hoping to retain their seats while Natalie Sisco and Robert Fischette are both first-time candidates. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Southampton Intermediate School music room on Leland Lane.

In Sag Harbor, five candidates are running for three open seats, including those of Thomas Schiavoni, who was appointed in July to fill a seat vacated by Daniel Hartnett after he resigned, and Chris Tice, both of whom are trying to retain their places on the board. Other candidates for the board include Stephanie Bitis, James Sanford and James Ding. The district is proposing a $37.5 million budget, and residents can vote at the Pierson middle/high school gymnasium on Jermain Avenue. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hampton Bays residents are being asked to vote on a $49.3 million budget. Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Board of Education, including Warren Booth, Michael Dunn and Elizabeth Scully. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium on Ponquogue Avenue.

In Westhampton Beach four candidates are hoping to fill three open seats on the board. Two incumbents, Suzanne Mensch and Joyce Donneson are hoping to stay on the board, while newcomers Steve Wisnoski and Stacy Rubio are also making a bid for the seven-member board. Taxpayer are also being asked to vote on the $55 million budget. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Lilac Road high school.

Remsenburg-Speonk is putting forward a $13.2 million budget, with six candidates seeking two open board seats. The candidates are Heather Carriero, Scott Heptig, Kevin Toolan, Jennifer Pratt Ashley, Joshua Berger and Paul Giere. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mill Road elementary school.

East Quogue is putting forward a $23 million spending plan for taxpayers to vote on with two candidates hoping to fill one vacant seat. Taxpayers can vote on the budget and the two candidates, Christopher Hudson and Carolyn Terry from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Central Avenue elementary school.

In Eastport South Manor, there are three candidates for two open board seats, including two incumbents, Kenneth Cooke and Kevin Gleason. Newcomer Virginia Churchin is joining them on the ballot that includes a proposed $92.4 million budget. Polls will open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the junior-senior high school on Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville.

The East Hampton School District is putting forth a $66 million budget and has four contestants for three seats. Incumbents Christina DeSanti, Liz Pucci and Deme Minskoff are all hoping to retain their seats while former board member John Ryan is challenging to return to the board. Polls will be open at East Hampton high school from 1 to 8 p.m.

In Montauk, the $19 million budget proposal is sharing the ballot with two candidates running for one seat. Incumbent Diane Hausman is being challenged by first-timer Carmine Marino in the race. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Montauk School gymnasium on South Dorset Drive.

Uncontested Races

In Tuckahoe, longtime district resident Sean Hattrick is running for a seat to be vacated by Harald Steudte, who opted not to seek reelection this year. Tuckahoe taxpayers will vote on a $19.1 million budget in the elementary school library on Magee Street from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In Sagaponack, Board Vice President Joseph P. Louchheim is running unopposed to retain his seat on the three-member School Board. Mr. Louchheim, who is seeking his third three-year term, is the publisher of The Southampton Press. The Sagaponack School District is proposing a $1.8 million budget, and voting will take place at the school at 7:30 p.m.

In Bridgehampton, voters are being asked to approve a $12.8 million budget and three incumbents, Ronald J. White, Lillian Tyree-Johnson and Douglas S. DeGroot, are all running unopposed. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Montauk Highway school.

The Quogue School District is putting forward a $7.8 million budget with one incumbent, Anael Alston, seeking reelection. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Edgewood Road elementary school.

The Springs School District has proposed a $27.4 million budget with first timer Barbara Dayton seeking a spot being vacated by John Grant. Polls will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Springs School library on School Street.

In Amagansett, voters are being asked to approve a $10.6 million budget while two candidates run for two seats. Incumbent Mary Lownes is seeking to retain her seat, while newcomer Steve Graboski is looking to fill an open slot. Polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Amagansett School on Montauk Highway.

In Wainscott, incumbent Kelly Anderson is looking to retain her seat on the board. The district is proposing a $3.1 million budget, and polls will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Wainscott School on Wainscott Main Street.

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I'm sure I will get flamed for this, but I always take issue with that sign. If you don't know the English word "here"........
By bubby (236), southampton on May 19, 15 3:53 PM
Don't you have to be a citizen to vote? Isn't the citizenship test given in English? Dios Mio I am confused!!
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