• Annual school budget vote and board election to be held June 9 by absentee ballot

    In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

    The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all qualified voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

    Per the executive order, General Brown Central School District will mail absentee ballots to all qualified voters with a postage paid return envelope. If you haven't received the ballot by June 1, please email Debbie Bennet at dbennett@gblions.org

    The district must also hold a remote public hearing, which will be 5:30 p.m. June 1. Information on how to view the hearing will be shared at a later date.  

    Board of Education election

    The executive order also waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election.  

    There are two vacancies on the board of education due to the term expiration of incumbents Natalie Hurley and Albert Romano, Jr. Qualified candidates should submit their intent to the district clerk via email to dbennett@gblions.org.  

    The two candidates earning the highest number of votes will fill the 3-year vacancies, which begin July 1. The deadline for interested candidates to submit is 5 p.m. Monday, May 11. The names of the candidates will appear on the ballot in alphabetical order.