There is a Public Meeting on Tuesday Nov 13th

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Public Meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Marlboro High School.
The Superintendent of Schools will be addressing the community with regards to the district’s current economic status, mid-year reductions, and Dynegy (who owes about $23 million in taxes to the Marlboro School District, the Town of Newburgh and Orange County).

Drink the “koolaid” and repeat after me…. “no problem here”

Dynegy auctioning two New York power plants worth 1,693 MW


Birmingham, Alabama (Platts)–25Sep2012/524 pm EDT/2124 GMT 

Dynegy said Tuesday that it is in the process of soliciting bids for two power plants that it operates in New York in a public auction under the jurisdiction of a bankruptcy court.


Bids are due November 1 for the 1,200-MW Roseton plant and the 493-MW Danskammer plant. The Roseton plant is currently coal-fired after previous conversions from other fuels, and the Roseton plant burns natural gas and oil. Proceeds from the sale will benefit creditors and lease note holders, Dynegy spokeswoman Katie Sullivan said.


The auction will take place under the jurisdiction of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Poughkeepsie Division. Blackstone Advisory Partners will handle the auction.


Fifty percent of the proceeds of the sale will go to lease note holders, with the other 50% to go to all other unsecured creditors. Under Dynegy’s plan of emergence, the estate has $200 million in cash to disburse to creditors, but most of the creditors will be repaid with equity, thus wiping out $4 billion of debts. The overall compensation will be a small percentage of what is owed creditors. PSEG, which has a $110 million tax indemnity claim, will be repaid a percentage of that in the form of equity.


Meanwhile, three environmental groups have asked New York regulators to request an analysis of reliability issues and infrastructure upgrades that would be needed if the two plants in Newberg, New York, are retired. The organizations cited concerns that it could have problems if Dynegy is unable to find a buyer for the two generating stations and they are shut down.


Source: http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/ElectricPower/3340470

Circuit breaker

“Cap vs Circuit breaker video…very cute..and accurate …please pass it around to as many people as possible…there’s a lot of confusion out there…people think the cap will cap their own taxes…it won’t!


A short movie about how the proposed Tax Cap in New York State will hurt taxpayers, and why we need a circuit breaker instead.


New York tops all other states in per-pupil spending

ALBANY — New York spent $17,173 per student for public education in 2007-08, more than any other state and 67 percent higher than the national average, according to Census Bureau statistics released Monday.

The $10,259 average nationally was a 6.1 percent increase over 2006-07, the Census Bureau said.

New York’s spending went up 7.4 percent over the two years. Public education is the single largest category of all state and local spending.

Locally, total district spending per student in 2007-08 ranged from $14,236 in the Wappingers Central School District to $21,226 in the Webutuck Central School District.

New York’s per-student spending was highest in 2006-07, too, at $15,981 per student, compared to an average of $9,666 across the country.

Eighteen states and the District of Columbia spent more than $10,259 and 32 spent less in the 2007-08 school year. States that came close to New York that year included New Jersey ($16,491 per student) and Alaska ($14,630).

EJ McMahon, director of the fiscally conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy, said school employees’ salaries and benefits make up most of the $6,915 difference in per-pupil spending between New York and the national average.

State spending on instructional salaries and benefits alone — $11,818 per student, or 90 percent higher than the average — was more than the total per-pupil spending in 39 states, he said.

The 15,569 public school districts nationally spent $593.2 billion in 2007-08, a 6 percent jump over the previous year, the census report said.

New York tops all other states in per-pupil spending | poughkeepsiejournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal.

The Vicious Cycle, snapshots from the past.

I have collected a few flyers from Marlboro residents that unequivocally hit on most of the points we have been trying to make our community aware of in these last two years. Thanks to those who have contributed. This one is edited for brevity. Change the dates, the amounts, and swap Central Hudson for Dynegy and you’ll see the dynamics haven’t changed, for us taxpayers:

“… Do you know that Marlboro school teachers are the highest paid teachers in Orange and Ulster County but have the smallest class sizes. Of 3,241 counties in the United States Ulster is in the top 10 in teachers salaries, with Marlboro the highest, yet are near the bottom on student achievement. The median salary for Marlboro teachers is $59,502, while median salary for Marlboro tax payers is $21,000. Median salary for professors with PHD’S (sic) IS $48,000. Eighty of the 171 teachers in Marlboro receive over $60.000 for the 1997-98 school year, which consists on 182 days, with the highest paid receiving $74,546, excluding benefits. If a teacher opts out of the medical because his/her mate has coverage, that individual receives a percentage in cash. Medical insurance is paid in full by the School District (us taxpayers)…

… Many teachers talk about being in the profession for retirement plans, salary increases, health benefits and all other percs (sic) including the short number of days worked per year – they do not include teaching children as one of the priorities. We have teachers who barely passed both high school and college who are now ‘teaching’ our children. What is (sic) the criteria for hiring teachers in the Marlboro school system… … This of course does not include all teachers. We have a small minority who have dedicated and pride themselves on the ability to bring out the best in a student…

… Central Hudson has been paying 60% of our school taxes… …This year alone they have received a two million dollar devaluation of their assessment. This devaluation will continue until (they) will be paying only about 5% of our taxes. The teachers salaries have been flying ever upward on CH’s coattails. Do you, the taxpayer, feel you can pay 50 to 75% more school taxes than you are now paying? I know I can’t and not only senior citizens but many of our young people will be losing their homes because greedy teachers insist on more astronomical raises. Those receiving $60,000+/yr will at the end of five years receive $81,000+/yr. Marlboro Teachers Union President Joe Pesavento said these raises will not impact taxpayers. Where does he think these monies are coming from?…

… I am asking the administration and school board to pull negotiations off the table – no raises for at least the next five years (including step raises) until we know what Central Hudson’s devaluation impact will be on our taxes, – teachers must pay a percentage of their medical – they must raise their level of teaching abilities – starting salaries no more than $25,000 to $28,000 based on certification. – no more nepotism or favoritism. We have to break the chain of relatives and friends hired only because they are relatives and friends… … Also, under no circumstances should any new hires be related to teachers presently in the system…

… Re-election to school board… …Stephen Adamshick – who wants to continue wise money management, that can only be attained by demanding Marlboro teachers exert every effort to help our children reach their highest potential. We must demand teachers begin earning their already astronomical salaries…”

Mildred A. Markonic

Public Budget Hearing – May 11th, 2010

Public Budget Hearing – May 11th, 2010
Marlboro Intermediate School
7:30 P.M.

School Budget Vote – May 18th, 2010
Marlboro Elementary Gymnasium
6:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.