School Budgets Approved in Seven Local Districts

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School budgets in seven districts in northern Westchester were comfortably approved by voters on Tuesday despite glaring low turnouts.

The largest spending plan in the area, $161 million, in the Lakeland School District passed 917-243. As a result, Yorktown homeowners will enjoy a 1.9% tax decrease, while Cortlandt taxpayers will experience a 2.3% increase and Somers residents will see taxes rise 1.1%.

Meanwhile, in the Board of Education race for three seats, all three incumbents running were reelected to new three-year terms. Elizabeth Kogler was the top vote-getter with 873 votes, followed by Steve Rosen with 743 votes and Steve Korn with 740. Challenger Mike Sancimino was a close fourth with 715 votes.

In neighboring Yorktown, the $98 million budget was approved 773-235.

In the Board of Education race, incumbents Cheryl Reynolds (765 votes) and Tom Donatelli (735 votes) were reelected, along with first-time trustee Reshmi Bose (550 votes). Finishing out of the running was Drew Pecunia with 458 votes.

In Peekskill, only a handful of eligible voters turned out at the polls and approved the budget 341-153. Incumbent trustees Michael Simpkins, Maria Pereira and Jillian Villon were all reelected running unopposed.

Budgets also passed in Ossining (1,150-497), Somers (922-303), Hendrick Hudson (536-163) and Croton (500-119).

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