2017-05-16 / Front Page

Clean sweep across Putnam – school budgets pass

Eric Gross

Cheers rang out at tabulation centers in each of Putnam’s six school districts Tuesday night when results of 2017-18 school budgets were announced. 

For the second consecutive year, voters approved fiscal spending plans by large margins in each district.

In Brewster, the tally was 762-356 while a supplemental proposition for school bus purchases was also OK’d by a tally of 776-342.

In Carmel, voters approved the district’s budget by a margin of 917-635 while in Mahopac voters overwhelmingly approved the 2017-18 budget by a tally of 1,251-584 as well as supplemental propositions for new buses and energy improvement initiatives. The bus proposition was authorized–1261-573 while the energy improvement item received voter OK–1252-573.

Putnam Valley residents approved the district’s budget, 513-163 in addition to an energy improvement plan 518-117.

Budgets were also overwhelming approved in western Putnam with Haldane and Garrison residents approving expenditures by margins of 3-1.

In the Board of Education races, Carmel incumbent trustee Tara DeTurris was reelected along with James Reese.

Two incumbent Mahopac Board of Education members were ousted. Carolann Lacoparra and Michael Sclafani were beaten by Mark O’Connor and Michael Simone while incumbent trustee Leslie Mancuso was reelected.

Glenn Niles and Kerry Cunningham, both running unopposed, were elected to the Brewster School Board while Haldane school trustee Peggy Clements ran unopposed as did Joseph Ferraro in Putnam Valley and Diana Swinburne and Courtney McCarthy in Garrison.


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