Garrison, Haldane and Putnam Valley budgets approved
School election day in New York state is now over and officials in western Putnam are breathing a big sigh of relief.
Budgets in the Garrison, Haldane, and Putnam Valley districts all passed by strong margins.
In school board races, Haldane had three open seats, including the two held by current trustees Evan Schwartz and Peter Henderson. Henderson and Schwartz sought reelection, along with challengers Jon Champlin and Evelyn Carr-White.
Henderson, Schwartz, and Champlin won, in a very tight race.
In Putnam Valley, seats held by Guy Cohen and David Spittal were open, with both seeking reelection. Retired teacher Ralph Smith was also in the running.
Cohen and Spittal retained their seats handily.
In Garrison, positions held by Carol McCullough, Christine Foertsch and Raymond O’Rourke were open, with only Foertsch and O’Rourke seeking reelection. Both of them won, and newcomer Theresa Orlandi was elected to fill McCullough’s seat.
School board trustee positions are strictly volunteer and have no impact on a district’s budget.
As for the actual budgets, all three districts put forward budget increases: Garrison offered a $9,475,913 total budget, representing a 1.66-percent budget-to-budget increase and a 2.23-percent tax levy increase; Haldane a $21,927,476 total budget, representing a 1.38-percent budget-to-budget increase and a 2.44-percent tax levy increase; and Putnam Valley a $45,270,917 total budget, representing a 0.83-percent budget-to budget increase and a 1.97-percent tax levy increase.