New York school budgets to be decided today

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — After a delay of about a month, school budgets in Hoosick Falls and Cambridge will go to the voters.

But due to the coronavirus outbreak, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order to have all of the voting done by absentee ballots.

Ballots were supposed to be counted originally on June 9, but after many districts complained about delays in printing, the order was changed to have ballots count through Tuesday.

The deadline for school clerks to receive the absentee ballot is 5 p.m. today, and counting will begin immediately thereafter.

All absentee ballots will be opened and counted using a two-step opening process.

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An envelope containing a returned absentee ballot will not be opened until a determination is made that there is no reason for rejecting the absentee ballot, which could happen if, for example, the voter fails to provide the signature required by law on the back of the envelope containing the absentee ballot.

Once that determination is made and the envelope is opened, the absentee ballot is withdrawn without unfolding, separated from the signature/oath envelope and deposited into a ballot box. As a result, at the time of counting, the absentee ballots will not be linked to the envelope in which they were returned.

At Hoosick Falls, the count is taking place at the high school cafeteria, while at Cambridge, they will do the count and people can watch virtually.

Hoosick Falls has four propositions on its agenda, including voting on a $23.3 million budget, purchasing a pair of buses, and extending two reserve funds — one for bus purchases and the other for a capital building fund.

Cambridge has five propositions: voting on a $22.2 million budget, voting to send $58,000 to the Cambridge Public Library, a bus lease extension, the purchase of three new buses and the permanent funding of technology improvements in the school district.


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