Long lines wind through hallways as residents vote on school merger in Herkimer

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - At Herkimer High School on Thursday night, crowds of people outnumbered those who show up for presidential or gubernatorial elections - with lines going through hallways and out doors, as people waited to vote on the proposed Herkimer County School merger.

One woman who was registering voters says she has worked every voting event at the school for 20 and never has she seen such a large turnout.

We spoke with voters both for and against the proposed merger, and each had a reason to get out and vote.

"I think the whole area is struggling, so whatever will help," said Anita Uszkiewicz, who said she supports the merger plan. "The schools get cutbacks all the time, so I think not cutting back so much in individual schools and helping out the mass amount of schools...I think that's better that way."

"At no time have they talked about new programs for students - specific new programs," said Ron Williams, who voted 'no' on the merger. "Like, ok, we are going to enhance the music program. There hasn't been any talk about programs for students besides, 'oh we are going to have programs for students.'"

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