Clarkstown School District Budget Vote And Election Is Tomorrow

Voters to decide on $180 million budget and select three of six candidates


Polls open at four Clarkstown schools at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning for registered voters to cast their ballots for the and for candidates who are running for three open seats on the Board of Education.  The polling stations are open until 9 p.m. at Clarkstown North High School - District One; Congers Elementary School - District Two; Link Elementary School - District Three and West Nyack Elementary School - District Four.

The $180,931,141 proposed budget is 3.02 percent higher than last year’s spending plan. It would increase the tax rate by 2.37 percent or an average of $163 per homeowner. It stays within the state property tax cap.

The proposed budget keeps instructional programs and staff at their current levels. It includes funds to renovate the heating system at Clarkstown North and to continue its Technology Refresh program.  If passed, the budget would draw almost $6 million from reserve funds.

Three Board of Education seats with three-year terms are up for election. The six candidates include four newcomers and two incumbents. Learn more about the candidates by reading their answers to Patch's questions.

The first-time candidates are: , , and . Seeking their second terms are Donna Ehrenberg and Phil DeGaetano. Current Board President Doug Katz decided not to run for re-election.  

There are still opportunities to gather information about the budget and candidates. You can view the superintendent’s budget presentation to the district's PTAs in the PDF file attached to this article. The Clarkstown Council of PTAs videotaped its Candidates Forum

The Board of Education holds a special meeting Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. to  hear the results of the budget vote and school board election. 

Tony T May 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Love NC's comment says it all. I assume he/she is a teacher in the CSD and has a home or travels to NC on vacation. Pretty nice life being a teacher in CSD on my tax dollar and he sure want to make sure she protects it with a comment like "Support the UNION" that means a vote for Chris or Mike is a vote for the Union.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Any one in the Union or endorsed by the Union should get a NO vote!!
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM
2 of the new faces are teachers or have spouses who are teachers and are in the Union the best reason to vote NO!!
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
And now many on the Board will be teachers, spouse's of teachers or have spouses who are teachers.....or in the Teachers Union. It sounds to me like the cards are stacked against the CSCD tax payer.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Show them the door, by that time it will be too late. The Union will have gotten what they want and we the CSCD tax payer will be footing the bill!
ClarkstownMom #18 May 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM
To many people where trying to view it, so the site crashed. Try this link http://vzaar.com/video/987050
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Mike, you have got to be kidding. You are voting for them solely because of unions. How sad that you can't think for yourself. There was a time and place for unions and Clarkstown is a sad example of how the unions have helped to create the absolute mess our district now finds itself in.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The Clarkstown Teachers Union is tryin to load the Board with teaches, spouses of teacher's and Union members. It must be stopped....the School System will be run for the benefit of the Union members and not the students nor CCSD taxpayer....vote for Phil and Donna it is our only hope to stop the Union push!!
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Tony, you make no sense. You are sitting here arguing AGAINST the Teacher's Union then you tell us to vote for Phil and Donna. Ummm, Phil received the Teacher's Union endorsement. Your message is meaningless.
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 04:02 PM
PARENTS, Policeman, Fireman, CSEA, Teachers, Masons, Plumbers, Electricans and residents of Clarkstown, Support this budget and the teachers union by saying yes to the budget and to Phil, MIke, Leo. They have finance, administrive and most importantly EXPERIENCE.
Steven Lev May 15, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Per Rhea-"Donna Ehrenberg and the others tried to prevent an evaluation of the Special Education programs that would yield information and data to help deliver services more efficiently and also use more and better programs and research to really help these kids. It was nearly a two year delay.... ridiculous" Why would Donna Ehrenberg, who was the head of SEPTA for so many years, be against delivering more efficient special ed services with better programs. That seems to go against all the she believes and has fought for. It just doesn't make any sense what so ever.
J H May 15, 2012 at 04:34 PM
PLEASE no more Phil. Could the Board/Administration/Public BE any more divided thanks to him? Have you ever seen this guy speak???
Mike Hirsch May 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Mike Sullivan and Tony T - You are both arguing from very extreme positions that are diametrically opposed. Why not just vote for the candidates that will do the best job? This election should not be about unions. It should be about schools.
Steven Lev May 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I like Phil and Donna. They are good people that CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY and don't have hidden agendas. It's the remaining boe members that I'm concerned about.
ClarkstownMom #18 May 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
We need to clean house! Time to pick 3 new BOE members and give this school district a fresh start. As I have always said, everyone of the 7 BOE members needs to go! So, here is your chance Clarkstown to start that spring cleaning we so desperately need for the CCSD. GET OUT THERE VOTE!!!! Aglialoro, Conti, Adolff, & Macias - all great people with the desire to help our school district, give them the opportunity to give it a shot. We all know that the existing 7 no longer have our best interests in mind, and if they do, it has been lost with all the drama these past years. Love the rain, washing out the old and re-energizing this district. Tomorrow will be a sunny day, with renewed hope for the CCSD. Change is a good thing:) You may be surprised.
ClarkstownMom #18 May 15, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Wealthy people worry about taxes just as much as the next guy, why would anyone really want to pay more taxes???? Just because they can afford it, doesn't mean they really want to. Seriously, have you met anyone that likes to pay taxes? Voting for someone because you fear the "unknown" is just as ridiculous, nothing can be worse then what we already have, so why keep it? VOTE for change, it's nice to take a chance, you may be pleasantly surprised by the result. Otherwise, we all would live under a rock if we were so afraid of change and the "unknown" No matter what happens with the elections, we are all in this together:)
Rachel May 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Vote ADOLFF AGLIALORO CONTI !! Please say NO to union endorsements!
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
"Why would Donna Ehrenberg, who was the head of SEPTA for so many years, be against delivering more efficient special ed services with better programs. That seems to go against all the she believes and has fought for. It just doesn't make any sense what so ever." Steven, where have you been the past year? Donna only voted for the special needs evaluator when the public backlash against her for NOT voting to approve it last year became too great. It was $15,000.00 she took issue with, or so she claimed. She apparently has no problem approving that kind of $ on lawyers to defend herself against a lawsuit, though. Only Donna knows the real reason(s) why she was so against the evaluator. The bottom line is now our district is a DINI because she did NOT act on this issue for over 2 years!
Loves NC May 15, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Change is good.. I agree. Lets see what the majority has to say. GET OUT THERE AND vote YES ON THIS BUDGET. LEO AND MIKE HAVE A CLUE.
Mike Hirsch May 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Thanks Mom. I agree with you. Unfortunately, the totally toxic environment which is the current board has infected all of them, even the ones that I like alot. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. Hopefully some sunshine.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Many people think that throwing money at an issue will solve all problems....as we have seen over the years especially with the education system it certainly does not work!! Yes, according to Warren Buffet many "weatlth people do" and it is certainly easier for the wealth to afford any increase. As for your suggestion to VOTE for change, it's nice to take a chance and don't be afraid of change....many of us tried that with Obama and look at the mess he had made of it!
Overtaxed May 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I mean this with all due respect. Do you union members think for yourselves? Because they way I see it, you are doing what you are told. Scary!
Rhea Vogel May 15, 2012 at 09:19 PM
To Steve lev. You asked why donna would stall and try to prevent the special Ed eval. It is an issue of control. She wants to be the decider. She wanted to do it internally. But the super felt that although internal and self eval of a system has merit that our programs could be improved and the first step was to take a look at what we had through a fresh and expert pair of eyes who could help the district determine what worked and what didn't
ClarkstownMom #18 May 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Scary thought it is! Loyalty is one thing, but following stupidity is inexcusable.
mike sullivan May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Solidarity Brothers and Sisters!!!!!
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Exactly, Joe.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
If the Union's have anything to do with it the sun will shine tomorrow but only for them and the cronies they put in office!!
Rhea Vogel May 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Teachers and parents are supposed to be working together for the common good of our children. I have no issue with the teachers endorsements of Aglialoro (I support him too) or Macias. However, I personally am supporting Conti. I just don't understand why teachers would support Phil DeGaetano. He actively and purposely campaigned against the bond that would fix the environment that you work in! A bond that would have assured hundreds of more UNION construction jobs in Clarkstown for SEVERAL YEARS. He actively and purposely sought the endorsement of the Concerned Taxpayers who advocated for firing teachers and cutting salaries and increasing class size. It just amazes me, after the three years of embarrassing headlines and a division on the board that is as wide and deep and the Grand Canyon that started the day he was elected in 2009, that the teachers union would endorse Phil DeGaetano.
ClarkstownMom #18 May 16, 2012 at 03:17 AM
What a wonderful night for Clarkstown! Congratulations Mike, Chris, & Wendy!!!!! A new beginning...


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