The Jericho and Syosset school budgets passed, though residents didn’t exactly come out in droves to cast ballots.
Jericho’s 2015-16 budget was approved 659 to 149, the capital reserve fund passed 521-117 and the library budget was approved 631-82. In the district’s school board elections, Bill Ferro and Daborah Lee, who were both running unopposed for the board of education, were both elected. David Diamond, who was also running unopposed, was re-elected.
In Syosset, while the school budget passed easily by a count of 2,112 to 813, the school board election was a bit more complicated. Joshua A. Lafazan and Andy Feldman were elected to two of the seats, but the election for the third available seat saw a tie between incumbent Chris DiFilippo and challenger Bill Weiner. The third seat remained undeclared until two days later when the affidavit ballots were counted and the seat was awarded to DiFilippo by a single vote, 1,458 to 1,457.
As for the budgets, Jericho residents approved a $121,185,238 budget for the 2015-16 school year, an increase of 1.35 percent with a proposed tax levy of 1.61 percent.
In Syosset, voters approved a $215,585,452 budget. The budget calls for a 1.34 percent increase in spending over the current year and carries a .91 percent tax levy increase, which is within the state’s tax cap.