North Fork voters passed school budgets for , , , and on Tuesday, a result that will raise tax levies across the region, with the exception of the districts of elementary schools Oysterponds and New Suffolk, to cover education costs.
In the only contested race,beat out for a seat on the Mattituck-Cutchogue School Board. Board president and board member were re-elected.
Scott DeSimone, re-elected in Southold, noted that the difference between this budget and a contingency budget would be approximately $300,000 — making it the closest it has ever been to a contingency budget.
"I am very pleased as always," DeSimone said. "For me it's a nail biter because I never know what to expect. It is reaffirming to see people come out and support the budget. There have been a couple of years of small increases due to things outside of our control. The voters don't always understand that."
Superintendent David Gamberg said that he was pleased the community has once again supported the schools.
"We are thankful in this difficult economy that seniors, families and all residents were able to come out and support our school system," he said.
See the results below.
School District 2011-12 Budget Yes No Mattituck-Cutchogue $37.36 million 703 552 New Suffolk $747,168 37 1 Southold $26.25 million 645 447 Greenport $14 million 282 65 Oysterponds $5.62 million
138 70 Shelter Island $9.64 million
383 132 School District Elected Candidates Number of Votes Mattituck-Cutchogue Jerry Diffley, president 807
Charles Anderson 778
Laura Jens-Smith 740 New Suffolk Tony Dill, president 36 Southold Scott DeSimone 672
Scott Latham 750 Greenport Mike Mazzaferro 300 Oysterponds Jeff Demarest 182
Janice Caufield 151 Shelter Island Linda Eklund 306
Melichar Lechmanski 361
Alfred Brigham 44