Unlike memorable elections from the recent past, the budget passed in Niskayuna this spring without a fuss.
Only 495 voters, 17 percent, voted against this year’s budget; 2,494 were in favor. That’s hardly a surprise, considering a tax levy increase of exactly zero, achieved by a summer spent tearing the budget apart and painstakingly putting it back together in a leaner, more deliberate way.
The budget totals $78.1 million, a 1 percent increase over this year’s $77.3 million.
But as the six candidates for two seats on the Board of Education waited to find out who succeeded with voters, there was far more suspense.
After polls closed at 9 p.m. and vote counting began, a mechanical glitch with one machine forced candidates to stare anxiously at partially counted votes. They tried to make small talk while they waited.
Finally, Howard Schlossberg and David Koes breathed a sigh of relief as the red-and-white spreadsheet on the projector revealed they had won.
Schlossberg pulled together 1,443 votes and Koes gathered 1,190. Barbara Mauro, the only incumbent, came in third with 928 votes.
Read more at YourNiskayuna.com.
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