Dietrich and Silverman top vote getters out of field of five

By Steve Pavlopoulos

Voters in the Hendrick Hudson School District approved four propositions on Tuesday’s ballot and selected two candidates out of a field of five for trustee positions. On the ballot were the 2023-2024 School Budget, a proposition to purchase four new buses, the budget for the Hendrick Hudson Free Library, and an Energy Performance Contract of up to $4.7M.

The newly elected board trustees are Tomica Dietrich and Amelia Silverman. Silverman had the most votes with 854 and Dietrich collected 745. They will begin their three year terms on July 1, 2023 following the exits of Vice President Alixandra Philbin and Cory Notrica from the board on June 30th. The runners up were Frank Dominguez (670 votes), Alea Vorillas (519 votes) and Joanna Harbolic (421 votes). 

Voters approved a $23 million budget for the library. (Photo by Steve Pavlopoulos)

Proposition Number One was the school budget of $88 million  (up 1.6 percent from last year’s approved budget). It passed with a vote of 1330 to 339. Proposition Number Two was the purchase of four 72-passenger Type B gas-powered buses equipped with cameras and child check systems. The purchase will not exceed $680,000 and the approximate cost per bus is $170,000. This passed with a vote of 1295 to 374. Proposition Number Three was the Hendrick Hudson Free Library Budget of $1.3 million which passed with a vote of 1326 to 341. Proposition Number Four was the Energy Performance Contract which, as proposed, would be paid from energy cost savings with a net cost of $0 to taxpayers in the district. It passed with a vote of 1285 to 374.

Trustees-elect Tomica Dietrich, left and Amelia Silverman. (Photo by Steve Pavlopoulos)

At the polling site at Frank G. Lindsey, a letter was presented to voters alerting them of the path forward in the search for a new permanent superintendent to replace  Interim Joseph Hochreiter whose resignation is effective on June 30. The board will be holding public meetings to gather input on the “qualifications, values, and leadership qualities that the community seeks in the next superintendent.”

The two community, in-person meetings are scheduled to take place at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library on Tuesday, June 6th. The first is from 11:30 a.m.  to 1:00 p.m. with the second meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m.  and going until  7:00 p.m. If residents are unable to attend these in-person meetings, there will be a brief survey posted on the district website starting tomorrow, May 19th. Members of the community can offer their comments until June 18th when the survey closes.

Register to vote in the next election, by going through the district or the NY Board of Elections. To check registration status, call the District Clerk at (914) 257-5112.