Port Chester Budget Passes, Both Board Members Re-Elected

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Port Chester Middle School served as the one voting location for the budget vote and election Tuesday.
Port Chester Middle School served as the one voting location for the budget vote and election Tuesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Voters passed the Port Chester schools $88.42 million budget on Tuesday with more than two-thirds approval, according to unofficial results.

Also on the ballot, both school board members were re-elected. Anne Capeci received 732 votes and Robert Johnson received 550 votes, defeating Richard Cuddy at 415 and Edward Del Monte Jr. at 265.

There were 49 absentee ballots cast, which were not counted Tuesday night because they would not have changed the outcome. Turnout was lower than usual, according to one of the poll workers. 

With 1,012 ballots tallied, 69.45 percent voted in  favor of the budget, which complies with the state-mandated tax cap. The district plans to increase the tax levy 3.89 percent.

Property owners can determine their 2014-2015 school tax rate by plugging their property's assessed value into a calculator on the district website.

The budget added several positions and programs thanks in large part to a $1 million increase in state aid this year. The district was able to:

  • Add one special education teacher at King Street School
  • Add one school psychologist at John F. Kennedy School
  • Add home language arts teachers at Edison and Park Avenue schools
  • Add another 7th Grade Academy and foreign language class at the middle school
  • Reduce class sizes at the middle school
  • Create an intel science research program and reinstate PSTA testing opportunities at the high school
  • Add clubs and department supervisors at the high school
  • Add more course offerings in place of study halls
  • Add girls and boys swimming teams at the high school
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Port Chester is getting exactly what it deserves. Most of its property owners act like zombies: apathetic and brain dead. It's just a matter of time before the village goes bankrupt. The homeowners of Port Chester will have no one to blame but themselves. Michelle Pierro, you are a voice crying in the wilderness. The truth is, the vast majority of homeowners in Port Chester simply don't care about elections of ANY kind, and they won't care until they feel enough pain in their wallets. Until that happens, and it will, watch home property values sink even further. You have my sympathy, Michelle. Port Chester, thy name is APATHY. You are following the path of Central Falls, Rhode Island -- and guess where that ends.

The school registration process is a joke. If the child is registered with a lease to an illegal unit nothing happens. The school still will not disclose how much is in the fund balance, even though they've been withdrawing 2-3 million per year. It's such a disaster.

HOW ABOUT WE GET RID OF ALL THE ILLEGALS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND LOWER OUR TAXES. WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR PEOPLE WHO "BROKE THE LAW" TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL. OR YOU CAN EVEN START CHARGING THEM TO SEND THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL! THEY PAY NO INCOME TAX, NO PROPERTY TAX, ETC. WAKE THE HELL UP AND STOP HURTING LEGAL AMERICAN TAXPAYERS!!!