Issuu on Google+ Vol. 15/Number 21 May 24, 2013 Voters approve $75M school budget By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER It’s A Winner! Two trustees who are no strangers to the Eastchester Board of Education, along with one fresh face, will be sworn in this summer to continue their work on the board following Tuesday's contested election. Voters also passed a roughly $75 million school budget with a tax levy increase of 3.7 percent. First-time candidate Judah Holstein and incumbents Mary Messner Martin and Paul Doyle were elected to three-year terms on the board. Doyle was elected to his third term with 1,241 votes and Martin to her second term with 1,214 votes. Holstein secured 941 votes while the fourth candidate, Anita Ezertic, totaled only 805 votes. Voters were vastly supportive of the 2013-2014 budget, with 1,115 residents voting in favor of the budget and 630 residents voting against it. According to Doyle, the differential between those who were in support of the budget and those who were against it is the largest since at least 1996. The district has yet to release the anticipated tax rate increase, with officials stating they have to wait on the town to come up with the number, which likely won’t be available until the summer. Prior to her tenure on the Board of Education, Martin served as the co-president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Anne Hutchinson School and did extensive volunteer work for PTA councils. She said that she'd like to see a continued BUDGET continued on page 10 The classic musical “Guys and Dolls” is rocking the Westchester Broadway Theatre. For more, see page 9. Photo courtesy Westchester Broadway Theatre Eastchester firefighters settle new contract By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER The Eastchester professional firefighter’s union has ratified a new contract, which will be in effect until the end of December 2014. Any firefighter hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013 will contribute 10 percent to their medical coverage; as opposed to the fire district footing the entire bill after each employee’s fourth year on the job as outlined in the expired contract. The union’s 75 paid firefighters have been without a contract since the end of 2009. The change in medical coverage will, in turn, reduce cost to the district over time based on each firefighter’s salary. The contract was retroactive dating back to Jan. 1, 2010 and will expire on Dec. 31, 2014. In previous contracts, firefighters paid 20 percent of their medical coverage for the first four years of employment and starting the fifth year, the district would pay 100 percent of each firefighter’s medical coverage. With each new hire pitching in 10 percent, Shawn Stewart, president of the Eastchester Professional Fire Fighters Local 916, says it takes some financial burden off of the district which covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe while providing emergency medical services as well. He said that, compared to other police and fire unions in the area, the Eastchester firefighters are one of the lowest paid unions in the county. “We didn’t want to just ‘keep up with the Jones’;’ we wanted to do what was fair,” Stewart said. “It keeps some sting off of the district.” Stewart said that a contract compromise was established in just three hours of deliberation. The somewhat lengthy delay in crafting firefighters continued on page 6 Eastchester voters approved a $75 million 2013-2014 budget and re-elected school board incumbents Mary Messner Martin and Paul Doyle, along with newcomer Judah Holstein. Residents at the polls on Tuesday said they were concerned with taxes and an increase in class size, which may occur at Waverly Elementary School. Photo/Ashley Helms

The Town Report, 5-24-2013

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