This story was updated at 11:30 p.m.
BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Jeffrey Rohr won a much-sought-after seat on the Bronxville School Board on Tuesday with 245 votes, while unopposed incumbent Chris Atayan was reelected to his post with 314 votes.
Residents also ratified a $44.4 million budget for the 2012-13 school year by a 299 to 83 vote during the annual school elections, approving a 0.98 percent increase in school taxes for the 2012-13 tax year. School board trustees met immediately after polls closed at 9 p.m. to formalize the increase of approximately 14 cents more per $1,000 of assessed home values.
Rohr and Atayan were both endorsed as candidates by the Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees. Kurt Fuchs and William Rizzo ran as Independent candidates against Rohr, making it the villages first contested school board race in a decade. Rizzo received 206 votes and Fuchs 38, with each receiving an additional write-in vote. A total of 505 votes were cast in the election.
Im excited about serving and looking forward to making an impact in the community, Rohr said. Bill and Kurt are very passionate about the schools and Id welcome serving on the school board with them in the future.
Id also like to thank the NPC and all my friends for getting people out to vote and all the voters who did so, he added.
Atayan welcomed Rohr to the board, adding that he would have been pleased to serve his second three-year term with any of the candidates.
Im looking forward to completing the work that we started over the past three years and to working with Mr. Rohr. He has significant experience in education and he will provide some common sense in addition, Atayan added.
Rizzo, who was the only candidate present Tuesday night when the results were announced at the school board meeting, said he had hoped to do better.
While its disappointing, having this process was healthy to foster a discussion on the issues the school is facing, as borne out by the number of people who voted, Rizzo said.
Fuchs did not return calls asking for comment.
Bob Galbraith, chairman of the Non-Partisan Committee, said voter turnout was almost double the average of years past and also credited the three-way contest for facilitating that despite yesterdays rain.
This is a healthy thing. I would like to thank all the candidates who participated in the process and the more than 500 residents who voted today, Galbraith said. But I believe that the voters made a wise choice in NPC candidates, Mr. Atayan and Mr. Rohr. I know both of them will serve our community with distinction.
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