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Capeci, Johnson Win School Board Seats

An incumbent and a newcomer win seats on Port Chester's Board of Education Tuesday.

Incumbent Anne Capeci and newcomer Bob Johnson were elected to Port Chester's Board of Education Tuesday, according to unofficial results.

Capeci, an 18-year veteran of the school board, won her seventh three-year term by earning the most votes in Tuesday's election, which also saw voters pass the school district's $80 million budget.

Johnson, a science teacher in Stamford who lives in Port Chester and has a child in the district, will serve his first three-year term. He said he's glad to have the campaign behind him, and eager to join the board in addressing problems within the district.

"It was tough," Johnson said. "I'm a relative unknown, but I had a lot of support from family and friends."

Capeci and Johnson edged out Dominic Bencivenga, a 12-year veteran of the Board of Education who lost his seat in 2007.

All three campaigned on budgetl issues and problems like overcrowding as Port Chester – like many other school districts – dealt with a steep drop in state aid and an especially lean budget year.

Capeci said she's eager to get back to work. Now that the school budget has been passed, Capeci said, board members can turn their attention to other pressing issues within the district.

"The budget passed with very few teacher cuts and layoffs, and for the coming year we'll look at overcrowding and address that," she said.

Although emotions ran high during several public meetings on the school budget, and the Board of Education made the controversial decision to hire an interim superintendent at a six-month salary of $120,000 earlier this year, the debate has been civil and genuine for the most part, school board President Jim Taylor said.

"I'm very proud of the village," Taylor said, "that we've been able to go through this budget process without the name-calling and divisiveness that a lot of other districts have had to deal with."

Vote totals, according to unofficial results:

  • Capeci, 964
  • Johnson, 795
  • Bencivenga, 659

Updated 9:47 p.m.: This story now includes reaction from Bob Johnson.

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Mary Touri May 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM
Congratulations Anne, So happy to keep you on the BOE you always put the kids first ! To Mr. Johnson, Good Luck and I hope you always put the kids first too and do not dissapoint those who have trusted you to do so, by voting for you. Always remember to hear & listen to the parents of this district. The children of PC are counting on all of you !!
Cadeyrn May 18, 2011 at 12:40 PM
Congratulations to both Ms. Capeci and Mr. Johnson ... the voters have had their say. That's how we do in this fantastic nation. No place like it on earth.
Cadeyrn May 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Some food for thought for the new BOE members Millionaire Teachers :Unions Looting NY's Towns On some level, our elected officials had to know this {pensions} would lead to disaster. . Welcome to that day, and it's not at all clear how to solve the problem. How big are these promises? In my town of Bedford, a retiring teacher today gets a pension of about 70 percent of base pay for life -- which typically works out to about $84,000 a year (not taxed by the state, incidentally). The retiree also gets family health benefits, worth another $16,000 or so a year. Live for 25 years, and that's a total of $2.5 million. Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/millionaire_teachers_0TAnsJddHXPrQi80FnIrXK#ixzz1MnOdYDuT

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