NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle voters passed Tuesday a $234,174,978 school budget and elected two people to the school and library boards.
Unofficial results announced by the district on Tuesday night showed that 1,770 residents voted in favor and 734 voted against the budget.
“We’re relieved and thankful that the citizens of New Rochelle support this year’s budget,” said school board President Chrisanne Petrone. “It shows that the citizens came out in support of this year’s budget,” she said.
The budget includes a tax-rate increase of 4.18 percent. This falls within the state-mandated cap of 2.13 percent on the property tax levy.
"Thank you to the New Rochelle community for coming out in support of the school budget for next year. We are immensely pleased that we were able to pass a budget that meets the new tax cap requirements set by the state while at the same time maintaining our educational program. This budget allows us to continue offering the quality educational experience and opportunities that students deserve and New Rochelle has come to expect," the district said in an email sent Tuesday night.
The two school board incumbents reelected to the board include Petrone and David Lacher, who garnered 1,947 and 1,692 respectively, according to unofficial results.
New Rochelle voters also passed the library’s $4,468,996 budget with an unofficial total of 1,767 approving and 644 opposing votes. The two library board candidates elected are incumbent Haina Just-Michael and newly elected trustee Bernardo Nunez.
Nunez receives a five-year term to the New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees. Just-Michael receives a two-year term as the person with the higher number of votes in the library candidate race receives the longer term.
The candidate with the second highest number of votes is elected to the two-year term. Nunez received an unofficial total of 1,681 votes and Just-Michael received 1,676.