2017-05-10 / Front Page


Voters headed to the polls yesterday, voting on their school budgets and electing members of their school boards. Following are local results:

Amityville: In an upset, first-time candidate Allie McDonough defeated incumbent School Board Trustee Lisa Johnson by a vote of 709 to 584. Also elected to the board was acting trustee Susan Benard Handler who garnered 602 votes to defeat her opponents, Carolyn Chikazunga with 462 votes and Kimberly Bethea with 247 votes. In addition, incumbent Trustee Carolyn Dodd was reelected, defeating her opponent, Mercedes Daniels-Reed, 823 to 509.

Voters approved the district’s budget by a wide margin of 897 to 443.

Farmingdale: Voters approved the school budget 1,558 to 623 and also passed propositions #2 and #3. Proposition #2 asked voters to appropriate funds from the capital reserve to reconstruct bathrooms at various schools at a maximum estimated cost of $5 million and passed 1,685 to 492. Proposition #3 asked voters to approve the Farmingdale Youth Council Budget of $661,028 and passed 1,642 to 528.

Elected to the school board were Ralph Morales, 1,438 votes, and Arlene Soete, 1,410 votes. They defeated incumbent Trustee John Capobianco who received 1.028 votes.

 Massapequa: Voters approved their school and library budgets. The school budget passed 3,159 to 1,116 and the library budget passed 3,362 to 866.

In addition, incumbent School Board Trustee Gary Baldinger was reelected with 2,364 votes. His running mate, Janice Talento, was defeated by Brian Butler, 2,281 to 2,198. Butler will fill the seat held by Jane Ryan who did not seek reelection.

Winning a seat on the library board was John Laibach, who ran unopposed and garnered, 2,785 votes.

Plainedge: Voters approved their school budget, 1,098 to 222, as well as a second proposition that called for using monies in the district’s capital reserve fund for renovations and improvements. That was approved 1,064 to 222.

Running unopposed for the board was incumbent Catherine Flanagan who received 1,045 votes. Running for the seat of Debra Grieci who did not seek reelection was Sonny Spagnuolo. He ran unopposed and received 969 votes.

In addition, voters approved their library budget, 1,095 to 210 and Doreen Oliver, who ran unopposed for a seat on the library board received 913 votes.


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