Recap: Falisi ousted from Riverhead board as budgets pass

Riverhead school board
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead school board newcomer Chris Dorr and incumbent Amelia Lantz congratulate each other on their election victories Tuesday night.

Proposed 2013-14 spending plans for the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts passed on Tuesday.

Times/Review Newsgroup covered the results live from across the town and the North Fork.

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Rivehead’s budget, which does not pierce the tax cap, passed 1,520 to 1,252. Riverhead incumbent school board member Jeff Falisi lost in a three-way race for two seats, with newcomer Chris Dorr taking a seat as the top vote-getter with 1,423.

Amelia Lantz came in second with 1,270 votes and Mr. Falisi received 1,082.

A proposition in Riverhead to start a capital reserve fund passed 1,382 to 1,266 and another, related proposition to purchase land in Riverside as part of a plan for a new bus maintenance and storage facility failed, 1,183 to 1,413.

Shoreham-Wading River’s proposed budget passed 1,005 to 504. That also does not pierce the state-mandated cap on year-to-year tax levy increases.

A ballot proposition to repair the high school roofs, address code violations and renovate science labs also passed, 1,137 to 369.

Of the two candidates seeking two open seats in Shoreham-Wading River, newcomer Sean Beran took home the most votes with 1,070. Incumbent Richard Pluschau got 1,061. More than a dozen write-in candidates got 1 vote each, officials said.

Read more in the May 23 News-Review newspaper.