The slate of candidates for Tuesday’s Depew School Board election and budget vote officially stands at five after Steven Brady’s name was removed from the ballot this week.
Brady announced Tuesday that he was ending his campaign after his employer – the New York State Police – informed him that employees cannot run for office. Brady hopes to run in the future and is working with union leaders to convince supervisors in Albany to allow it. He argues that such a position is different from other elected offices because service is on a volunteer basis and no party affiliations exist for candidates.
According to District Clerk Jessica Neischel, the ballot will include Gabrielle Miller, Patrick Law, Nancy Fumerelle, John Spencer and Nicole Simon. They are competing for three seats.
Also, the district has dropped a proposition that would have asked voters to allow the sale of the Terrence Education Center because no bids were received, according to Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey. Officials, who were looking to sell the building for no less than $700,000, will solicit bids soon. If that is successful, either a special election will be held on the sale or voters could consider the issue during next year’s election.
Two propositions remain on the ballot: the $38.5 million budget plan that includes a 2.97 percent tax increase and a request to use $460,851 from a reserve fund to purchase vehicles. Voting will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Cayuga Heights Elementary School.