Board of Education

About the Board of Education

The Mechanicville City School District is governed by a seven member school board elected by the qualified voters of the School District.

Members of the Mechanicville City School District Board of Education oversee the operations of the School District. Board members are elected for three-year terms and serve the district on a volunteer basis. As elected representatives and officers of New York State, the Board is charged with carrying out the duties imposed by the State’s Legislature, Board of Regents, and Commissioner of Education.

The Board of Education establishes policies for operations, provides fiscal oversight and is responsible for the total education program. Its functions are carried out by the district officers, administrators, and personnel. 

Each year, the election for Board of Education candidates and voting for the school district’s budget is on the third Tuesday in May, from noon until 9 p.m. at the Jr. Sr. High School Gym.

The current Mechanicville School District Board of Education Members are as follows:

  • President: Marlene Tierney
  • Vice-President: John Pugliese
  • Members:
    • John Bove
    • Nichole Gorsky
    • Dan O’Connor
    • Michael Raucci
    • John Taglione

Board Docs

To view BOE Agendas and Minutes please visit: Mechanicville Board of Education – BoardDocs

Veterans Exemption

The Board of Education of the Mechanicville City School district is currently considering allowing Level A of the Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption.  Originally, the state exemption allowed municipalities the choice to grant the Veterans’ exemption. Since then, the law was amended to allow school districts the option of allowing a property tax exemption for military veterans.

If the exemption was to be enacted, those who qualify would see their taxes lowered and all others would see their taxes increase.  The chart below represents the estimated impact to a taxpayer’s bill.  All figures are approximate and based upon a property with an assessed value of $100,000.  All figures are subject to equalization rates. 

Level A                                                  Wartime (15%)                  Combat (25%)                    Disability

Maximum Exemption Amount




Qualifying property owners

$158.73  annual decrease to tax bill

$264.55 annual decrease to tax bill

$529.11 annual decrease to tax bill

Non- Qualifying property owners

$20.43 annual increase to tax bill ($1.70 per month)


Alternative Veterans’ Exemption Eligibility

Available to veterans who served during a period of war or have received an expeditionary medal. 

Exemption for those who meet the criteria

  • Limited to primary residence
  • Equalization rates will apply to exemption amounts
  • Based on percentage of assessed value subject to maximum level of exemption:
    • 15% for wartime service – $12,000 max. exemption
    • 25% for combat zone service – $20,000 max. exemption
    • Up to 50% for service-connected disability – $40,000 max exemption

For more information, please visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance’s website:

Please feel free to submit questions or concerns to the Board of Education via email:

Annual Budget Vote and BOE Election

Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election, May 16, 2023:

Polls will be open from 12noon to 9pm in the HS Gymnasium (Please use gym doors under the red awning)

There will be two BOE incumbents on the ballot at the Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election on May 16, 2023.

Marlene Tierney and John Pugliese are running unopposed to maintain their seats on the MCSD Board of Education for another 3 year term, beginning  July 1, 2023- June 30, 2026.

Ms. Tierney has been on the Board since July 1, 2017 and has served as the Board President since 2019.

Mr. Pugliese has also been on the Board of Education since July 1, 2017 and as of July 1, 2022 has held the role of Vice President

Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee ballots will be available after May 2nd, 2023 for district qualified voters who are unable to vote in-person on May 16. The first step in receiving an absentee ballot is to request an absentee ballot application from the District Clerk by either calling 518-664-5727 ext. 1103 or picking up an application at the District Office, 25 Kniskern Avenue.

Please note, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, the District Clerk must receive the absentee ballot application seven (7) days prior to the vote.  After that date, completed ballots must be hand delivered to the District Clerk, no later than 5 p.m. on the day of the vote.

Voter Registration Dates:

Voter registration dates will be held on April 18 and April 19, 2023 from 9am-2pm, in the District Clerk’s office, 25 Kniskern Avenue for any resident of the school district that meets the definition of a qualified voter, but is not yet registered to vote (see below).

After the Voter registration dates, District residents may register at their county Board of Elections Office.

Qualifications to Register to Vote:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 18 years old by the date of the election
  • Be a resident of Mechanicville City School District for at least 30 days preceding the election

MCSD Annual Budget Hearing is scheduled for May 4, 2023 at 5:30pm in the HS Cafeteria and will be live streaming on Facebook. 

Nominating Petitions
The Mechanicville City School District is governed by a seven member school board elected by the qualified voters of the School District.​ This year we will have two vacancies, each will be a three year term, commencing on July 1, 2023 and ending on June 30, 2026. 

You can learn more about the role and responsibility of a school board member here: ​

Important Dates:

  • March 13, 2023– Nominating Petitions for prospective school board members will be available in the District Office (25 Kniskern Avenue)​.  Individuals seeking election to the Board of Education must submit a petition with a minimum of 100 signatures from district residents. 
  • April 26, 2023- Completed Nominating Petitions packets are due to​ the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m..
  • April 27, 2023– The order of candidates ​to be listed ​on the ballot​ will be determined.

Please feel free to contact Cathy O’Brien, District Clerk with any additional questions. 

Contact Information

District Clerk: Ms. Catherine  O’Brien
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Mechanicville City School District
25 Kniskern Avenue
Mechanicville, NY 12118

(518) 664-5727 ext. 1103

To contact the Mechanicville Board of Education via email please use