Franklin Square UFSD, Sewanhaka budgets pass


Residents in the Franklin Square Union Free School District voted 685 to 254 to accept the Board of Education's proposed $38.8 million budget. At the same time, they approved two measures to spend funds from the district's capital reserves by a vote of 718 to 203. The budget includes a 2.58 percent increase to the property tax levy.

Incumbent Board Member Joseph Lewinger defeated former Board  Member Jean Fichtl by a margin of 446 to 394. Helen Hoffman was unopposed in the district's only other contest.

Voters also assented to Sewanhaka Central High School District's $198.6 million budget on a vote of 2,544 to 1,024. The budget includes a 2.87 percent property tax hike.

— By Timothy Denton and Ronny Reyes