Riverhead budget, props pass; Koukounas, DeGrasse voted in

05/19/2015 10:27 PM |

 

Sue Koukounas, center, and Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, right, were the top two vote-getters on Tuesday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Sue Koukounas, center, and Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, right, were the top two vote-getters on Tuesday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead school budget passed Tuesday night and in the five-way race for two open school board seats in Riverhead, Sue Koukounas and Ann Cotten-DeGrasse were elected to three-year terms.

As for the the three propositions, all three of them passed.

Here’s a breakdown of the vote:

RIVERHEAD BUDGET AND PROPOSITIONS:

• $125.9 million budget with a 3.94 percent tax levy increase: YES: 1,863, NO: 1,057

Propositions:

1) Using $9.5 million from the district’s transportation, maintenance and athletic fields capital reserve to relocate the bus garage: 1,712 to 1,148

2) $1.2 million turf field bond: 1,527 to 1,366

3) Establishing a $5 million repair reserve fund: 1,796 to 1,058

• Superintendent Nancy Carney says: “Today is a day that lets me know and the Board of Education know that the community supports the direction we’re going in as a district and I just want to thank the community for its support.”

RIVERHEAD SCHOOL BOARD RACE

• Ann Cotten-DeGrasse: 1,196. 

• Sue Koukounas: 1,112. “Tonight was a testament that we are really bringing the community what they want.”

• Laurie Downs: 1,064. “I want to congratulate the winners and thank my supporters. The voters spoke and they want to continue to have the inmates run the asylum.”

• Greg Fischer: 886. “It turned out the way I expected. The teacher’s union got their candidates in. Until more sheep come out, the wolves will decide what’s for dinner.”

• Brad Harnig:701.

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