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Mahopac School Budget Defeated by Eight Votes

May 17, 2022

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac School District voters rejected the proposed 2022-23 budget by a scant eight votes when they went to the polls on Tuesday.

The $133 million spending package was voted down by 1,225-to-1,217 margin.

The proposed budget had called for a $5.6 million (4.4 percent) increase in spending. The tax levy (the amount of money collected by property taxes) in the defeated budget ...

Mahopac Schools Upgrade Security Presence

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac schools are taking part in what officials call “best practices” by employing the services of an outside security firm to work alongside its resource officers and monitors.

“Some years ago, the conversation started about security throughout the district and the high school [in particular],” said Gary Ziegelhofer, assistant principal at the high ...

Help On the Way for Students’ Post-Pandemic Adjustment

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Mahopac students suffering emotionally from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic now have some help to guide them through it.

Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is now a provider agency of NY Project Hope, the state’s COVID-19 crisis counseling program. FSW is offering individuals and families free, confidential, and anonymous emotional support.

From coping tips to ...

Six Candidates Vie For Three Mahopac School Board Seats

MAHOOPAC, N.Y. - When Mahopac School District residents go to the polls on May 17, they will have the opportunity to vote for three of six candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Education.

Incumbent board members Mike Mongon and Ray McDonough have opted not to seek re-election this year, leaving Adam Savino the only sitting board member on the ballot. He will be joined by five ...

School Budget Sees Less Than 1% Bump In Tax Rate

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Administrators for the Mahopac Central School District have just about completed the 2022-23 budget, which carries a modest tax increase and will be presented to the Board of Education for its approval on April 21.

The $133 million spending package is up $5.6 million, or 4.4 percent, from the 2021-22 budget and does not call for any layoffs or cuts in programming. The tax levy ...

Mahopac’s SROs Playing Vital Role in Keeping Students Safe

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - During his “Spotlight on Mahopac Schools” online program last week, Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo extolled the work done by the district’s school resource officers (SRO) and the role they play in keeping students safe.

“It’s a tremendous partnership,” DiCarlo said. “It is something the community has embraced. They understand the ...

School Board Names First Female Superintendent

MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The Mahopac Board of Education has appointed a woman as the new school superintendent for the first time in the district’s history.

Christine A. Tona, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction of the Riverhead Central School District on Long Island, will take the reins as superintendent of Mahopac schools on July 1. She will take the place of Anthony ...

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Is It Time to Move?

May 10, 2022

To the editor,

We visit family in Florida and South Carolina each year and it gets harder and harder to return.   This area is geographically one of the nicest areas in the country, however, this town keeps voting to tax us into oblivion.   Relocation for many is a real consideration.

To level the federal tax playing field “SALT” (state and local taxes) was ...

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When Liberty is Also Hypocrisy

May 13, 2022

If someone doesn’t like the rules, and chooses not to follow them, and actively tells others not to follow them, is that liberty? Would we apply this standard to those who choose not to obey street signs, or signs that say, “no loitering,” or “yield?”

In this American democracy, we elect and appoint people to establish rules (and laws) to ensure domestic ...

Is It Time to Move?

May 10, 2022

To the editor,

We visit family in Florida and South Carolina each year and it gets harder and harder to return.   This area is geographically one of the nicest areas in the country, however, this town keeps voting to tax us into oblivion.   Relocation for many is a real consideration.

To level the federal tax playing field “SALT” (state and local taxes) was ...

Tales of Ties and Tails

That headline-grabbing, delinquent supply chain has now wormed its wayward way into graduation ceremonies, of all things. In some cases, cases of caps and gowns and hoods (those sash-ish affairs that denote academic degree) are backlogged in production or in transit, leaving schools to scramble to ensure their alumni-in-waiting are decorously adorned, as tradition dictates.

Shortages of sashes ...