Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch School District Voters Guide

CORTLANDT, NY — New York residents are asked to vote on their local school district’s budget and board of education by mail this year because of the new coronavirus pandemic.

That meant New York’s 700 districts ordered absentee ballots and envelopes for every registered voter. That meant that problems such as the paper shortage plaguing communities during the beginning of the pandemic became problems for the districts.

Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order, ballots must be returned to the District Clerk by 5 p.m. June 9 though some political officials are trying to have the deadline extended.

Here are fast facts about the vote in Hen Hud, Lakeland and Peekskill.

School District: Hendrick Hudson

Voting information

There will be a drop-off option on June 8 and 9. Ballots may be brought to the District Office, 61 Trolley Road, Montrose, N.Y., between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If dropping off a ballot:

  • Only the main entrance, on the upper level of the District Office building, will be accessible.

  • Only one person at a time will be permitted in the building’s lobby.

  • There will be instructions in the lobby explaining how to drop off your ballot.

For everyone’s safety, everyone is asked to wear a mask and to maintain a distance of six feet from anyone else waiting outside the building

Board of Education

There are two candidates running for two seats on the Board of Education: School trustees serve three year terms and are unpaid.

School budget

  • Proposed for 2020-21: $82,137,880

  • Increase over current spending: 2.62 percent

  • Tax levy increase: 5.96 percent

Proposition 2

  • Purchase three 20-passenger single-wheeled vans, one 72-passenger, transit-style bus and one small utility vehicle for school use at a cost not to exceed $325,000

School District: Lakeland

Voting information

District officials want to provide an option for voters to help ensure all ballots are received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 9th as required. Ballots can be dropped off from the time they are received by the voter, through June 9th at 5:00 p.m.

Ballots for the Lakeland Central School District Budget and Trustee Vote can be dropped off in the secure ballot box located at the gymnasium entrance at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Route 6, Mohegan Lake, across from the Cortlandt Town Center, or at the Lakeland District Office on the left side of the main entrance door in front. Both are secured and emptied daily.

Learn more about the Process For Opening And Counting Of Absentee Ballots

Board of Education

There are three incumbents running for re-election to the Board of Education: School trustees serve three year terms and are unpaid.

  • Denise Kness

  • Rachelle Nardelli

  • Donald B. Pinkowsky

School budget

  • Proposed for 2020-21: $164,797,022

  • Decrease over current spending: 5.76 percent

  • Tax levy increase: zero percent

Proposition 2

School District: Peekskill

Voting information

In order for your vote to be counted, the signed envelope must reach the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday. You may return your envelope in person on June 9 (one day only), at 1031 Elm Street from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board of Education

There are three candidates running for two seats on the Board of Education: School trustees serve three year terms and are unpaid.

School budget

  • Proposed for 2020-21: $98,555,278

  • Increase over current spending: 1.93 percent

  • Tax levy increase: 1.95 percent

This article originally appeared on the Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch

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