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Biggest Surprise from Tuesday's Election? [Poll]

Two newcomers join Northport BOE; incumbent ousted.

Tuesday's school elections brought plenty of big moments in both Northport-East Northport and Elwood Districts.

In Northport, Board of Education President Stephen Waldenburg, Jr. was re-elected to the board for a fourth term, winning 2,965 votes. Newcomers David Badanes, a local attorney, and Jim Maloney, a financial planner, garnered 2,754 and 2,638 votes respectively for the remaining two open seats, ousting current Board VP Donna McNaughton, who received 2,484 votes.

Budgets in both Elwood and Northport received supermajorities of over 60 percent - Elwood at 72 percent and Northport at 66 percent. A proposition for capital improvements was also approved in Northport.

What do you think were the biggest surprises in this year's elections? Vote in our poll or tell us in the comment section.

Thunder Buddies May 17, 2012 at 05:53 PM
My biggest shock is that people are blaming the voting system for the possible outcomes. Seriously?! If we had the "old" style machines there would be a problem too. I seemed to manage to cast my vote just fine. Read the directions and then followed them. Hmmm. What a concept. Perhaps people forgot to fill in certain areas - but that's the same ole line as forgetting to pull down a lever.
KL May 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
N'ptr posted: "Ousting McNaughton by such a small margin direct result of resident Northport teacher votes. she was ousted by 154 votes i am pretty certain that we do not have 154 teaches that live AND teach in the district and even if we: did do they not have the right to vote? Thats like saying a Republican lost an election becasue too many Democrats voted along party lines
FYI May 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM
More than 470 people from a recent Northport Staff Directory list their address as Northport or E. Northport. That includes teachers and all support staff employed, but does not include spouses or retired staff still living in the voting area. The numbers are higher than you would think and more than sufficient to influence the election outcome. Perfectly legal, just a thought as to why McNaughton lost.
FYI May 17, 2012 at 08:25 PM
My opinion was based on a fact, that only 154 votes separated the winner/loser. With so many Northport teachers residing in Northport, the UTN endorsement list was successful. That your conclusions are any more "purely speculative, baseless, and your personal opinion without objective support" is your OPINION.
cathie josephson May 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Yes for alot of people the new voting was fine - and my vote was fine however I heard many comments from peoPle that they had no market there were only pencils - can the pencil mark b detected- and yes my machine jammed and other people tell me they ha similar issues. So so much for your comment - yeah simple Concept if all is working . And I personally saw peoPle confused and asking for directions. Not saying this is why who won r who lost just that the voting system In my opinion was less than perfect.

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