District Information

 ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS  AND CONFIDENTIALITY

We want to reassure voters of the confidential nature of the voting process that the School District will be following this year as the result of an Executive Order of Governor Andrew Cuomo (No. 202.26) issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions have arisen regarding the collection and counting procedure that the School District will be utilizing on the date of the budget vote and election now amended to June 16, 2020.

On or before 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2020, qualified voters in the School District are to return their completed ballots. Those ballots will have been placed by the voter in a signed ballot envelope that has been placed in a return mailing envelope. Return mailing envelopes will be opened by the District Clerk, and the sealed ballot envelopes will be secured until June 16, 2020.

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2020, all ballots will be given to the election inspectors and each will be examined to ensure that it has been signed by the voter and meets all other requirements, as required by law.  Once verified as valid, the election inspector will remove the ballot from the signed ballot envelope and place it, still folded, into a receptacle separate from the signed ballot envelopes.  Separate election inspectors will remove the anonymous ballots from the receptacle and the counting process will begin. In this way, it will not be possible for ballots to be linked to or associated with the envelopes in which they were returned.

The counting process will be live-streamed and viewable by the public.  The link to the live stream will be posted on the District’s website on June 16, 2020.

The School District takes your privacy very seriously and, by utilizing the system outlined above, we are confident that your vote will remain secure, confidential, and anonymous. Please do not hesitate to contact Jeanette Messina at 914-469-7080 should you have any questions or concerns.

2020-2021 Budget Information