02/11/16 10:00am

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Many times, when school district or government officials talk about spending, there’s an assumption they’re playing loose with public money and have no respect for hardworking taxpayers.

That assumption spurred the 2-percent state-imposed tax levy cap that Governor Andrew Cuomo says is vital to controlling property taxes.

But it was a gimmick then and is a gimmick now. (more…)

06/10/14 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Michael Hynes' last day will be July 28.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Michael Hynes’ last day will be July 25.

Word spread rapidly across Shelter Island Sunday when it was reported that Superintendent Michael Hynes would be leaving the district in July.

His next stop is the superintendent’s post in the Patchogue-Medford School District.
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05/12/14 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Michael Hynes outlined budget plans at several workshops this winter and spring and will do so twice more tonight at 6 at the school and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Michael Hynes outlined budget plans at several workshops and will do so twice more, tonight at 6 at the school, and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library.

Superintendent Michael Hynes has two budget presentations on his agenda this week to ensure town residents know what the numbers are.

He’ll be outlining the full $10.47 million budget that would raise the tax levy by 1.7 percent at a meeting tonight, Monday, at the school at 6 p.m. He’ll do the same on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelter Island Public Library. (more…)

04/21/14 5:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Board of Education President Stephen Gessner

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Board of Education President Stephen Gessner

In a small community like Shelter Island, it’s impossible to avoid all potential conflicts of interest, so typically members of various boards recuse themselves from voting on issues where they have a personal interest.

The latest incidence of a potential conflict brought to the Reporter’s attention was the appointment of Kathleen Minder as school district business manager while her husband, Dr. Stephen Gessner, serves as Board of Education president. (more…)