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Lower Westchester School District Elections (All You Need To Know)

LOWER WESTCHESTER – Several local school districts will be having elections, Tuesday, May 21st. Black Westchester put together a quick guide to give you all you need to know to be an informed voter. School District elections are very important.

Because school boards make education decisions on behalf of their communities, it is incredibly important for voters to research and question school board candidates, participate in school board elections, and remain engaged once members are elected. In turn, school boards have a duty to engage with constituents and represent them fairly.

The traditional purpose of a school board is to act as a public connection to school districts. School board business includes:

  • Developing revenue streams
  • Addressing budget issues
  • Setting standards
  • Advocating for the needs of the public schools
  • Reflecting the community’s expectations for their school district

Here are some fast facts about your local school district election.

MOUNT VERNON
Three incumbents and two challengers are running for three seats on the school board. The three candidates with the most votes will serve complete 3-year terms and the fourth-highest candidate will serve one year of an unexpired term. The five candidates are Dr. Serigne M. Gningue (incumbent),
Deborah Harris, Warren B. Mitchell, Melissa Munoz Patterson (incumbent)
Adriane Saunders (incumbent)

Also on the ballot: Voters will be asked to approve adding an ex officio student member to the Board of Trustees. If approved, this proposition will provide a student voice on the Board of Education, the official policy-making body of the Mount Vernon City School District.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $256,080,057
Increase over current spending: 1.63%
Tax levy increase: 0%

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For locations of polling places, click here.

NEW ROCHELLE
Five candidates are vying for two seats. They are Rich Bamberger, William Iannuzzi, Peter J. Cantone, Vincent J. Malfetano and Valarie D. Williams.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $281 million
The increase over current spending: 3.95 percent
Tax levy increase: 2.2 percent
Voters will also be asked to approve a $5.8 million budget for the New Rochelle Public Library.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. For locations of polling places, click here.

PELHAM
There are three trustee seats to fill as three-year terms end for John Brice, Peter S. Liaskos and Vincent Mazzaro.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $74,930,000
Increase over current spending: 1.74%
Tax levy increase: 3.17%

WHITE PLAINS
Two candidates are vying for two seats. They are Sheryl Brady and Charlie Norris.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $226.5 million
Increase over current spending: 3.66 percent
Tax levy increase: 3.44 percent
Voters will also be asked to approve two propositions. The first asks for approval to use up to $6.4 million from the district’s Capital Reserve Fund for school improvements. This will not result in a tax increase. The second is asking for voter approval to establish a capital reserve fund with an ultimate amount of $25 million to be used. There will be no extra cost to taxpayers.

Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. at the district’s regular voting locations.

MAMARONECK
Four candidates are vying for two seats. They are Rina Beder, Luis Quiros, Tania Thomas and Christian Zambrano.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $139.9 million
Increase over current spending: 0.7 percent
Tax levy increase: 0.9 percent

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the local elementary schools.

EASTCHESTER
Three candidates are vying for three seats in the Eastchester UFSD. They are Steven Projansky, Sally Veltidi and Cheryl Smith.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $87.6 million
Increase over current spending: 2.2 percent
Tax levy increase: 2.12 percent

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Eastchester Middle School gym or 235 Garth Road Community Center (Garth Road Residents only).

BRONXVILLE
Three incumbent candidates are vying for three seats in the Bronxville UFSD. They are John Bierwirth, Thomas Curran and Arleen Thomas.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $49.5 million
Increase over current spending: 2.66 percent
Tax levy increase: 2.64 percent
There will also be a proposition to transfer to and expend from the Capital Projects Fund $1.5 million to provide additional funds for Capital Projects.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Bronxville School Blue Gym.

TUCKAHOE
Four candidates are vying for two seats in the Tuckahoe UFSD. They are Therese Gardere, Donna Martuge, Robert Sypher and Laura Benke.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $35.5 million
Increase over current spending: 4.28 percent
Tax levy increase: 2.2 percent

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Tuckahoe Community Center or William E. Cottle Elementary School.

SCARSDALE
Three candidates are vying for three seats. They are Karen Ceske, Carl Finger and Ron Schulhof.

School budget
Proposed for 2019-20: $160.7 million
Increase over current spending: 1.86 percent
Tax levy increase: 2.27 percent
Voters will also be asked to approve two propositions: whether board vacancies should be at-large instead of specific seats for all future elections beginning with the 2020-21 school year and whether voter registration should be permitted year-round, during regular business house instead of two designated days the week prior to the vote.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Scarsdale Middle School.

School board activity has always been essential to the health of a school district, but those decisions have a greater impact in the current era. Disagreements over teacher pay, curriculum and funding have led to school boards that are in discord with their surrounding communities.

Now that you know, Get Up, Get Out and Vote!

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