2017 - 2018 Annual Budget Vote and Election

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. qualified residents of the Lawrence Union Free School District #15 will vote on the proposed 2017–2018 School Budget and elected two candidates for the Board of Education.

Incumbents: Murray Forman & Asher Mansdorf


What is on the Ballot? 

PROPOSITION NO.  1:  2017-2018 SCHOOL BUDGET

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Lawrence Union Free School District No. 15, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York is authorized to expend the sum of $100,783,090 during the 2017-2018 School Year, and is further authorized to levy the necessary tax for the above purpose upon the taxable property of the School District, after first deducting the monies available for state aid and other sources.

PROPOSITION NO.  2:  2017-2018 LIBRARY BUDGET

RESOVLED, that the sum of $2,943,460 be appropriated for library purposes for the Peninsula Public Library, and that said amount be raised by tax upon the taxable property of the Lawrence Union Free School District No. 15, pursuant to § 259 of the Education Law, and be levied and collected in the same manner as are general taxes, after first deducting the monies available from state aid and other sources.

PROPOSITION NO. 3: TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR 2016-2017 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Lawrence Union Free School District No. 15, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York be authorized to transfer up to $2,000,000 of unexpended, unreserved funds to the Capital Reserve Fund to construct improvements and renovations during the 2016-2017 school year, which improvements include: Lawrence High School Bathrooms, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Auditorium, Lawrence High School and Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Hallways, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Electricity, District-wide Lighting, Site Work at the Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Roof Replacement, and other improvements and costs incidental thereto. 

PROPOSITION NO. 4: TRANSFER OF FUNDS FOR 2017-2018 CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Lawrence Union Free School District No. 15, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York be authorized to transfer up to $3,300,000 of unexpended, unreserved funds to the Capital Reserve Fund to construct improvements and renovations during the 2017-2018 school year, which improvements include: Lawrence High School Bathrooms, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Auditorium, and Lawrence High School and Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Hallways, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Electricity, District-wide Lighting, Site Work at Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus Roof Replacement, and other improvements and costs incidental thereto.

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEES

To elect two (2) trustees of the Board of Education for a three (3) year term commencing July 1, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2020.

PUBLIC LIBRARY TRUSTEE

To elect one (1) trustee of the Public Library for a five (5) year term commencing July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2022.


All voters must be United States citizens, 18 years old or older, and a resident of School District 15 for at least thirty days prior to the vote. In addition, a resident must be registered either with the school district or with the Nassau County Board of Elections. If you have voted in either a school district election within the past year or a local general election anytime in the past four years, you are already registered. If you are not already registered with either, you may register with the County by mail or in person.


Voter Registration

You may register in person throughout the school year with Ms. Mohinder Bharaj, District Clerk. By doing so, you will be qualified only to vote in school district elections. Qualified residents should bring at least one document from each category below, to the District Clerk’s office, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst, NY 11516 on school days between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  

Evidence of Identification (Photo ID) 

·    Valid NYS Driver's License 

·    Valid NYS Photo ID Card 

·    Valid US Passport 

Evidence of Residency and Occupancy 

·    Recent gas bill, oil bill, electric bill, home telephone bill, cable bill, property tax bill showing address and name 

·    Copy of Lease 

·    Record of recent mortgage payment

Last Day to Register

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 11:00 am, is the last day to register with the District Clerk for the May 16, 2017 budget vote and election.


Absentee Ballots  Application

An absentee ballot can be used by anyone who is unable to appear in person on the day of the school district election.

Who is eligible to cast an absentee ballot rather than have to vote in person?

An absentee ballot can be used by any registered voter who is unable to appear in person on the day of the school district election for any of the following reasons:

·    An individual is a patient in a hospital, or is unable to appear personally at the polling place due to illness or physical disability

·    An individual is required to be outside of the county on the day of the vote because of special duties, occupation, business or studies

·    An individual is on vacation elsewhere on such day

·    An individual is detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury, awaiting trial, or confined to a prison

What other requirements must be met and procedures followed before an individual can cast an absentee ballot?

Requirements

·    An individual must be a registered voter in the district

·    An individual must be 18 years of age

·    An individual must reside in the district for thirty days before the election

Procedures

·    An individual who wants to cast an absentee ballot must complete, sign and return the absentee ballot application to the District Clerk, Lawrence Union Free School District, P.O. Box 477, Lawrence, NY 11559 by May 9, 2017 if the ballot is to be mailed to the individual.

·    If an absentee ballot application is received after May 9, 2017, the applicant must go to the District Clerk’s office located at Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst by May 15, 2017 in order to vote in person. Valid NYS Photo ID is required.

·    Absentee ballots can only be delivered to the individual who applied for the absentee ballot.        

·    Any individual, who would like to fill out the absentee ballot application and receive and cast the absentee ballot at the same time, should do so at the Office of the District Clerk by May 15, 2017. Valid NYS Photo ID is required.

·    Residents that are registered with the Nassau County Board of Elections as “Permanently Disabled” and have been an active voter within the last 4 years will be sent their ballots automatically and need not apply.

·    Applications may not be transmitted electronically because an original signature is required.

Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed, pursuant to the provisions of the Education Law, to establish your entitlement to vote by Absentee Ballot.  A Ballot will then be issued to you.

You will not be eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot if:

·    Your application is incomplete, unsigned or undated

·    You are not a qualified registered voter of the Lawrence School District

Returning your Absentee Ballot

The ballot will come with instructions and a set of return envelopes. After making your choices on the ballot, you must enclose it in the smaller envelope that contains your name and address, sign and date the back. Then insert that envelope in the bigger envelope addressed to the District Clerk, place proper postage on it and mail it back.

Alternatively, the ballot may be hand-deliverd to the District Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2017.  Your completed ballot cannot be delivered directly to your polling place on the day of the election.


Polling Locations

Primary School at Number Two School, 1 Donahue Avenue, Inwood 

Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence 

Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst

Atlantic Beach Village Hall, 65 The Plaza, Atlantic Beach