How Glen Cove Voted in Tuesday's Budget, Board Election

Glen Cove High School
Glen Cove High School

Glen Cove voters approved a $79 million budget on Tuesday for the 2014-15 school year.

In addition, voters elected two candidates – Barrie Dratch as well as Maureen Pappachristou – for seats on the the Glen Cove School District's Board of Education.

Here is a breakdown of how residents voted at the four polling locations: Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue, Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club on Glen Cove Avenue, Landing School on McLoughlin Street, and Connolly School on Ridge Drive.   

Landing had 158 yes votes, 71 no votes, 126 votes for Dratch and 164 votes for Pappachristou. 

Connolly had 134 yes votes, 69 no votes, 105 votes for Dratch, 136 for Pappachristou.

B&G had 92 yes votes, 31 no votes, 76 votes for Dratch, 100 for Pappachristou.

Finley had 356 yes votes, 159 no votes, 308 votes for Dratch and 386 for Pappachristou.

In total, there were 740 yes votes, 330 no votes, 615 votes for Dratch and 786 votes for Pappachristou.

Mike Elks May 22, 2014 at 01:14 PM
The turnout continues to slide downward each year. Why can't we move these elections to November along with the general election. Betcha we'd get a nice turnout then. Doubt if the teachers union would allow it because the last thing they want is a larger voting population.
Prof. Walter Jameson May 22, 2014 at 05:47 PM
The way everything is structured right now, it can't be done, Mike. There are several reasons why this is so. For one, the official school year begins on July 1st, so the budget has to be in place before then. Secondly - and probably most important - the school budget is very much tied into the finalized NYS budget. Usually, the deadline on that one is April 1st. Once the NYS budget is finalized, the districts know how much aid they'll be getting from the state. When this information is known, the districts can plan and finalize their own budgets so that everything is in place before the start of the new academic year. But first, of course, the budget must be approved by the community. So, without going into a lengthy dissertation, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. <><> Now, having said all that, I'm going to say again (and again...and again) that there is no damn good reason, save for exigent circumstances, why anyone would sit this vote out. All the lame excuses you've heard over the years - we've ALL heard them - are simply rubbish; two-bit, stinkin' garbage perpetuated through (and by) ignorance. <><> People have been granted some real power here (through this vote), and the vast majority are just squandering it. Talk about the plain-sight manifestation of idiocy ... that's it, right there!
Prof. Samuel Kittridge May 24, 2014 at 08:45 AM
Mike, I have to concur with Prof. Walter Jameson. After an exhausting calculation using my trusty abacus, there is precisely a .03758% probability of the New York State Legislature supporting your proposal. It’s an avant-garde idea--clearly ahead of our time--but the statistical data does not support changing the vote date.
dylan May 24, 2014 at 07:43 PM
There was hardly any publicity for this vote. No signs at all! I think most people didn't even realise it was going on. The Piano Exhange had huge signs in its windows in previous years - but this year nothing. Didn't receive any postcards (pro or con) No phone calls - nothing Next year will try to change this. These school taxes are ridiculous.


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