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May 19, 2010 12:25 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

All school budgets approved west of the canal; artificial turf proposition passes in Westhampton Beach

Editor's Note: Pick up the Thursday, May 20, issue of The Southampton Press-Western Edition for full coverage.
May 19, 2010 12:25 AM

West of the Shinnecock Canal, the Hampton Bays, Riverhead, East Quogue, Quogue, Westhampton Beach, Remsenburg/Speonk and Eastport South Manor school budgets all passed.

A controversial artificial turf proposition passed in the Westhampton Beach School District by just four votes. School Board incumbents were ousted in Hampton Bays, Riverhead and Remsenburg/Speonk.

Hampton Bays

Voters passed Hampton Bays School District’s $43.8 million budget, 1,078-945.

Hampton Bays residents also elected first-time School Board contender Richard Joslin, a retiring middle school teacher, thus ousting longtime board member Marie Mulcahy. Mr. Joslin received 972 votes while Ms. Mulcahy received 897.

Sitting School Board President Doug Oakland was reelected for his second term, with 1,022 votes. Challenger Anthony Guarino fell short in his first bid for the School Board, with 589 votes.

Voters also approved a proposition to authorize the district to use up to $300,000 in unspent funds from the 2009-10 budget toward maintenance and repairs in 2010-11. That item passed 1,148-751.

Remsenburg/Speonk

Challenger John Kern ousted incumbent Joel Petersen, who has served on the School Board for the last 18 years. Mr. Kern garnered 239 votes to Mr. Petersen’s 190.

Vice President Lisa Fox received 237 votes to win her second term.

Residents approved the district’s $11.8 million budget 239-166, as well as two additional propositions.

The first, which authorizes the district to send its students to Westhampton Beach and Eastport South Manor school districts once they graduate from sixth grade, passed 329-75. The second, which extends a contract with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, passed 303-102.

East Quogue

East Quogue voters passed their district’s $21.4 million budget, with 342 voting yes and 216 voting no.

School Board incumbents Joseph Tsaveras and Ralph Naglieri, who were running uncontested, were both reelected.

Two propositions also got stamps of approval. The first, which authorizes the district to send its students to Westhampton Beach School District once they graduate from sixth grade, passed 439-112. The second, which extends a contract with the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, passed 372-178.

Eastport South Manor

The proposed $79.3 million budget passed 1,288-739 in the Eastport South Manor School District. That means a $1.5 million increase in spending in the 2010-11 school year.

Incumbents Arthur Abbate and Karen Kesnig and newcomer Marie Brown each won a three-year term on the School Board. Voters favored them over Ralph Fuccilo, Michael Lieberman and Donna Moeller. Ms. Brown had the most votes with 958. Mr. Abbate had 851 and Ms. Kesnig had 824.

Current board member Donna Dewey decided not to seek a third term on the board.

Westhampton Beach

A controversial proposition to spend $1.6 million on an artificial turf athletic field and on resurfacing an 18-year-old track passed by just four votes, 438-434.

The $49 million budget passed 584-298. The budget will rise $1.2 million in the 2010-11 school year.

Bryan Dean was reelected to the School Board with 496 votes and newcomer Suzanne Mensch won a seat with 577. A third candidate, Bill Dalton, came up short with just 399 votes.

School Board member Clint Greenbaum, who has served a single five-year term, did not seek reelection and will be stepping down at the end of June.

A proposition to transfer $1.6 million out of the Employee Benefits Accrued Liability Reserve fund to a newly-created capital reserve fund passed 448-426.

Quogue

The $7.26 million budget passed 92-18. There will be a $3,000 increase in spending.

School Board incumbents Tina Winter, Lauren Battista and Barbara Sartorius were unopposed on the ballot and won over six write-in candidates. Ms. Winter had 84 votes, and Ms. Battista and Ms. Sartorius both received 83 votes. As for the write-in candidates, Herb Obser received two votes and

Kathleen Vermylen, Linda Ojeka, Mark Phillips, George Mathys and Ann Lewis got one vote each.

Voters also authorized a five-year contract to send students to Westhampton Beach middle and high schools, 99-10.

Riverhead

The $108 million budget passed 2,079-1,571, a $2.11 million spending increase for 2010-11.

Challengers Amelia Lantz, with 1,673 votes, and Jeffrey Falisi, with 1,641, ousted incumbent School Board members Mary Ellen Harkin and Christine Prete. The incumbents received 1,340 and 1,145 votes, respectively. A third challenger, Mary Meyer, received 690 votes. Write-in candidate Drew Dillingham earned two votes and Adrienne Dillingham and Star Ryder had one write-in vote each.

A proposition to install an elevator and replace the roof at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School passed 2,094-1,315.

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Thank you Joel for all the dedication and hard work you put in during the last 18 years.
By tenn tom (227), remsenburg on May 20, 10 8:32 AM
Wow!! New Yorkers love to increase their taxes. Your deep concern may pay to educate your children but unfortunately, they will not be able to afford to live here because of the high school taxes. What a paradox. Still not as bad as New Jersey....for now.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 25, 10 10:14 PM