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18 year old makes history as youngest NY Mills board of education member

By ANNA MEILER

NEW YORK MILLS, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The New York Mills school district had one of the least controversial proposed budgets in the area with no proposed lay offs and a minimal tax increase, but this election still attracted a record number of voters.

One of the big draws was Jonathan Fiore. the first 18-year-old in the district to run for a seat on the Board of Education.

"I get a ten day break, I graduate and I get inaugurated ten days later, said Fiore, a current student at New York Mills. "Education is shifting and what's going on in the state and the nation, everything is really changing on a day-to-day basis. Who knows better than someone who went through it for the past 14 years?"

Over 600 residents turned out for the budget vote and to choose between four board of education candidates. Fiore earned the most votes (337), landing him the five-year position.

"Jonathan's a great kid and I think he will share his views and ideas and be able to represent himself very well," said Gary Hadfield, a New York Mills resident.

Fiore also has the support of his new partner, Steve King, who was also elected to the board.

"It's going to be wonderful for him and a wonderful opportunity for the district to get a fresh perspective and a young perspective, so I'm excited to see what happens next," said King.

Fiore is heading to Utica College in the fall, seeking a five-year degree in accounting and staying local to fulfill his board member duties.

"I've gotten a lot out of this community. They've done a lot for me so hopefully I can give back to them," he said.

Residents also passed the 2014-2015 budget with 425 voting yes, 165 voting no. They also passed a proposition that will establish a capital reserve fund for future renovation projects.

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