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Utica school board election comes down to one vote

Voters passed the $177.2 million budget for the Utica City School District, and a school board seat was decided by one vote.

Posted: May 15, 2018 11:04 PM
Updated: May 16, 2018 12:39 AM

UTICA, NY-- Voters passed the $177.2 million budget for the Utica City School District, and a school board seat was decided by one vote.

Bruce Karam, the district superintendent, said the budget will use some of the funding for security improvements in the facilities including new cameras.

Karam added that there are no layoffs and a zero percent tax levy.

Of the six candidates running for the board of education, the unofficial results show incumbent Donald Dawes earning his seat back with 1,255 votes, Briana Moriarty edged out Joseph Hobika Jr. by one vote, 1,245-1,244 and Anthony LaPolla earned the most votes, receiving 1,335 ballots.

If the unofficial results confirm the above figures, LaPolla and Dawes will each win a five-year seat. Moriarty will earn the remaining three years of a seat vacated by a prior board member.

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