June 4, 2009, School Board Work Session Meeting.

WHEN: June 4, 2009.
LOCATION: Marlboro Intermediate School – Cafeteria.
TIME: 7:30 P.M.


Election Results

The people of Marlborough have voted:

The school budget for 2009-2010 has passed.

Larry Cavazza and MaryAnne Lostaglio have been voted in for another three-year term. Congratulations!

The taxpayer association commends Joanne Vincent, Maureen Carpenick and Mike Connors for an honest and thoughtful campaign.

Teachers salaries for 07-08 were released on Friday

The SeeThroughNY site has released the following public information:

For Pay Year 2007-2008, not including what the newspapers call “fringe benefits” (add another 25-30% to that)

Last, First       Salary
Castellani, Raymond    $152,682
Sensenig, Neysa    $136,185
Toombs, Marie    $125,142
Burkett, Dennis    $122,076
Pesavento Jr, Joseph    $119,994
Bakatsias, Efthimios    $115,963
Van Cuyck, Ray    $114,813
O’Donnell, Jonnah    $112,669
Smith, Susan    $109,470
Virga, Michael    $108,308
Lyons, Marion    $107,518
Domanski, Ronald    $107,289
Taddeo, Frank    $106,659
Tumbarello, Roger    $103,996
Benjamin, Barbara    $103,325
Samselski, Walter    $102,976
Adams, Paul    $102,891
Smith, Arthur    $102,765
Lipsey, Francine    $102,104
Meyer, Glenn    $101,687
Carofano, Peter    $101,576
Koonz, Robert    $101,200
Ibsen, Mary    $100,547
Zambito, James    $100,522
Felicello, Frank    $100,222
Fino, Neil    $100,135
Bozzo, Fredric    $100,088
Douglas, Michael    $99,922
Onusko, David    $99,798
Madden, Katiellen    $99,649
Morrill, Jane    $99,254
Casey, Anne    $98,958
Saulpaugh, David    $98,766
Trapani, Susan    $98,708
Berkowitz, Marlene    $97,569
Minard, Gail    $97,465
Trapani, Phyllis    $97,426
Mc Mullen, Mary    $97,295
Ricciardone, Celeste    $97,265
Scaturro, Carolyn    $97,174
Markewycz, Zwenyslawa    $97,157
Floor, Cindy    $97,149
Dallvechia, Noreen    $96,925
Baker, Marie    $96,789
Lichtenberg, Susan    $96,410
Utter, Susan    $96,265
Neely, Theresa    $96,265
Simmons, Henry    $96,265
Messina, Rosanne    $95,958
Gosiewski, Michael    $95,779
Brown, Scott    $95,550
Kallman, Francine    $95,177
Tersillo, Anthony    $95,072
Sylvester, Samuel    $94,655
Kulaga, Thomas    $94,600
Budryk, Judith    $94,277
Kroh, Penny    $94,075
Crudele, Diane    $93,755
Edick, Carolyn    $93,189
Long, Mary    $92,989
Mc Court, Pamela    $92,369
Virga, Kathleen    $92,366
Diulio, Larry    $91,984
Mc Laughlin, Darlene    $90,877
Appler, Kathleen    $90,689
Walsh, Patricia    $88,214
Pirillo, Deborah    $88,183
Schramm, Margaret    $88,063
Natoli, Tamara    $86,426
Devenuto, Marguerite    $85,786
Hayes, Lynn    $85,280
Walker, Stephen    $84,933
Corsetti, Darren    $84,933
Brennan, Norma    $84,784
Onusko, Michele    $84,634
Shillieto, John    $84,634
Cerchia, Donna    $83,147
Daniel, Theresa    $82,822
Bardunias, Valerie    $82,456
Becker, Rory    $80,953
Giacoia, Annmarie    $80,417
Scaturro, Marcy    $79,970
Keeping, Carol    $79,605
Schafer, Colleen    $79,308
Hecht, Robin    $79,289
Amer, Robin    $78,711
Mc Carthy, Mary    $78,579
Gallagher, Matthew    $78,317
Bellucci, Barbara    $77,052
Boyd, Gary    $76,850
O’Connor, Patricia    $76,780
Carbone, Melissa    $76,438
Kenney, Amanda    $76,424
Devine, Stacia    $76,383
Calvin, Betsy    $76,072
Monteverde, Mary    $75,798
Shillieto, Theresa    $75,692
Gannon, Jane    $74,762
Mc Kay, Geraldine    $74,762
Roberts, Nicole    $73,941
Smith, Jacoba    $73,839
Dequarto, Janice    $73,624
Rogers-Carroll, Kathy    $72,848
Mazzella, Ricki    $72,708
Rantinella, Marissa    $72,463
Grey, Steven    $72,320
Rafferty, Bernard    $71,076
Degeorge, Scott    $70,899
Nagel, Erin    $70,432
Wiltse, Beth    $70,343
Leduc Jr, Raymond    $70,170
Pesano, Geoffrey    $69,993
Webb, Robert    $69,830
Mc Carthy, Kerry    $69,785
Harris, Arlene    $69,355
Wertz, Stephen    $68,814
Schoonmaker, Donna    $68,668
Montemorra, Kelly    $67,992
Logue, Elise    $67,875
Boyd, Christine    $67,579
Russo, Mary-Ann    $67,385
Long, Tanya    $67,301
Morrissey, John    $67,161
Sullivan, Alice    $66,931
Retcho, Lucinda    $66,505
Jordan, Candice    $66,226
Keane, Kathleen    $66,100
Baker, Beth    $65,745
Sedgwick, Merri    $65,551
Santora, Sarah    $65,546
Porcelli, Nancy    $65,512
Trapani, Gary    $65,284
Koehler, Michael    $65,250
Estevez-Cummings, Yeleny    $64,737
Martino, Cristi    $64,652
Davidovits, Deborah    $64,300
Hastings, Emeline    $63,059
McInerney, Timothy    $63,010
Tremblay, Amy    $62,738
Dzichko, Elizabeth    $62,660
Fischer, Alicia    $62,003
Garitta, Pamela    $61,860
Ferrari, Jennifer    $60,905
Alonge, Matthew    $60,817
Trapani, Krista    $60,617
Carpenter, Crisseda    $60,463
Marallo, John    $60,345
Williams, Christine    $60,333
Greiner, Jemma    $60,213
Russo, Rosemarie    $60,168
Bertinato, Melissa    $59,565
Howlett, Kimberly    $58,852
Sicari, Tracy    $58,774
Smith, Janice    $58,550
Maouris, Sarah    $58,270
Falco, Lisa    $58,174
Baker, Adam    $57,827
Giametta, Denise    $57,302
Amodeo, Alicia    $57,143
Atkins, Jennifer    $56,956
Kahl, Lauren    $56,833
Amodeo, Sarah    $56,719
Garitta, Andrea    $56,545
Mazza, Marie    $56,465
Schroeder, John    $56,409
Canino, Matthew    $56,329
Grier, Christine    $56,329
Barbulean, Brian    $56,146
Destefano, Linda    $56,035
Carroll, Kathleen    $55,953
Smith, Kelly    $55,689
Guerriero, Mary-Lynn    $55,604
Mylie, Michelle    $55,389
Demarco, Robert    $55,276
Gillis, Chana    $54,910
Kelly, Elizabeth    $54,741
Verdi, Gina    $54,566
Bare, Geoffrey    $54,421
McAteer, Keith    $54,018
Budryk, Thomas    $53,691
Paltridge, William    $53,684
Festa, Ann    $53,673
Carofano, Peter    $53,401
Congelli, Joann    $53,373
Dilorenzo, Joanne    $53,063
Dina, Lisa    $53,063
Feeney, Tracy    $52,843
Glaser, Kristina    $52,643
Sanchez, Jose    $51,792
Betterton, Meghan    $51,124
Messina, Kassia    $51,080
Healy, Kara    $51,065
Van De Mark, Kristina    $50,936
Auchmoody, Rebecca    $50,815
Viviani, Andrea    $49,985
Beck, Brian    $49,134
Sosnick, Michael    $48,939
Noto, Antoinette    $48,707
Raffaele, Nicole    $48,597
Bruno, Maria    $48,516
St. Germain, Courtney    $48,247
Devenuto, John    $47,621
Alm, Jessica    $47,226
Morrill, Jenna    $45,360
McCormick, Megan    $37,482
Runberg, Katelin    $34,812
Houck, Katie    $33,720

Mark Your Calendar: School Budget Vote on May 19th

School Budget Vote

May 19th 6 A.M. – 9 P.M.

Marlboro Elementary School Gymnasium

Adamshick’s obvious support

Poughkeepsie Journal Letters to the Editor section, May 9, 2009:

2 Marlboro candidates care about taxes, pupils

I want to write about two exceptional people and leaders. MaryAnne Lostaglio and Lawrence Cavazza have demonstrated character, com- petence and commitment to move the Marlboro school district forward, while at the same time making it a priority to consistently find ways to reduce costs.

They know the toughest responsibility is balancing the needs of the taxpayers against the needs of the students. They know property taxes are tremendously hurting us, especially our fixed-income people.

Lostaglio and Cavazza will continue supporting the maximum relief allowed by law to help these people with their school taxes. Moreover, they co-sponsored with the Town of Marlborough a Tax Forum Meeting featuring Nassau County Executive, Thomas Suozzi, to advocate for property tax relief.


Academically, their advocacy for early intervention relative to learning how to read resulted in Marlboro being ranked first in Ulster County in third through eighth grade testing. They are proud our schools produce responsible citizens. Businesses know a prepared, educated workforce is essential for success.

Please value education in our community. Keep in mind good schools mean great communities. Our budget is a historically low one (1.9 percent tax levy) and spending our money intelligently and effectively defines Lostaglio’s and Cavazza ‘s attitudes and goals.

Join me in supporting Lostaglio and Cavazza for the Marlboro central school board. They are exceptional people and fine leaders who share their time and energy to help us succeed at a cost we can afford.

Stephen J. Adamshick
Marlboro Board of Education


MTA bailout deal has businesses outraged

May 7, 2009

Outrage from all quarters greeted a controversial Metropolitan Transportation Authority bailout plan that has a host of fees and taxes, including a payroll tax that will cost Dutchess County businesses, nonprofits and governments millions of dollars each year.

The bill passed the state Legislature late Wednesday night. No local legislators supported the bailout.

The MTA, which serves New York City and seven surrounding counties, is $1.8 billion in debt and would have needed to implement fare hikes of 25 percent or more and major service cuts if the state didn’t come to its rescue. Gov. David Paterson and the leaders of the Senate and Assembly, all Democrats, announced Tuesday they had agreed on a $2.26 billion deal for the transit agency to close the budget gap and provide some capital funding as well.

The plan was approved late Wednesday night.

About $1.5 billion will be raised by a payroll tax – 34 cents for every $100 of payroll in the 12-county MTA region.

The bailout will also be funded by a 10 percent fare hike this year (up from the original proposal of 8 percent), followed by 7.5 percent hikes in 2011 and 2013. Other ways residents of the 12 counties would pay for the MTA bailout include a 5 percent increase in the auto-rental tax; an extra $25 fee on motor vehicle registration; a 25 percent increase in the fee for a driver’s license; and a 50-cent surcharge for taxi rides.

Legislative leaders and the governor agreed to reimburse school districts for their share of the payroll tax.

Local business owners, nonprofits and elected officials were angry over the plan and wondered how they will deal with the deep impact of the taxes and fees during an economic recession.


Paterson, lawmakers vow to address property taxes

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders said Wednesday they will try to finally curb the growth of some of the nation’s highest property taxes.

But that pledge was immediately criticized as similar to unfulfilled promises from past years. Local school taxes and other property taxes are now 78 percent above the national average; on Long Island, for example, annual tax bills exceeding $10,000 are common.

Paterson, who is reviving his call for a cap on school tax growth, is seeking ideas from Assembly and Senate leaders that can become law this session, which ends in late June.
“People are voting with their feet,” Paterson said at a rare public meeting with legislative leaders to focus on property tax relief. “They are leaving the state in droves.”

Silver also supported an effort by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has proposed a bill that would streamline the ability of residents to seek consolidations of local governments and special service districts such as fire protection and library districts. The bill would allow citizens to petition for consolidation of local governing bodies or services, such as police protection.

“He needs ideas?” asked financial analyst E.J. McMahon, director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy. “Every idea is out there _ good, bad and indifferent. The property tax cap is the pivotal idea.”

He referred to Paterson’s proposal last year to cap the growth of school taxes to about 4 percent, but allow residents to override it if they felt it was necessary. The measure gained late approval by the Senate, but not by the Democrat-led Assembly.

“If the governor gets real again (about a tax cap), it could happen,” McMahon said in an interview.

“It’s a positive step,” said Elizabeth Lynam of the independent Citizens Budget Commission. “It marks an important sea change that they realize local taxes are the problem in New York state and something has to be done to remedy the situation if there is to be any hope.”

Republican Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos said the effort would have a better chance of easing taxes if it had been part of the budget passed in April, which increased spending, taxes and fees and eliminated school property tax rebate checks. He said the Democrats‘ $2.2 billion bailout of New York City’s transit system, paid for by higher fares, fees and a payroll tax, brings the Democrats’ spending and taxing to $10 billion this year. The bailout was voted on hours later.

“It is ironic that you are talking about mandate relief today,” said Skelos, a Nassau County Republican who noted that his GOP conference was shut out of budget and MTA talks.

Paterson said he also wanted to avoid taxes and fees this year, but the recession and Wall Street’s meltdown forced an array of revenue-raising measures including on higher income tax rate for wealthier New Yorkers, which he agreed could kill jobs.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a lower Manhattan Democrat, also said he wants to curb property taxes and reduce school costs. But he said that cutting local school taxes shouldn’t be done at the expense of children attending schools that are underfunded now.