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MEET THE TWO CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR TWO OPEN BOARD SEATS

Annual School Budget Vote and Board Election 

June 9, 2020 

MEET THE TWO CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR TWO OPEN BOARD SEATS 

The Governor’s executive order waived the minimum signature threshold for Board of Education candidates this year, which allowed individuals who met all legal requirements and were interested in running for the board to self-nominate by submitting a petition to the District Clerk by 5pm on Monday May 11, 2020. 

Incumbents John Pugliese and Marlene Tierney, are seeking reelection and will be listed on the ballot as the two candidates for the two open Board of Education seats. Both seats are three-year terms, beginning on July 1, 2020- June 30, 2023. 

John Pugliese: I am running for the Mechanicville City School District (MCSD) Board of Education for my second term. I have served as a member of the Board and Building Project Committee for three years. I am a constant at every Building Project Committee meeting and in the last year, the Board asked me to take a more active role in the project. They asked for my recommendations on how to spend the remaining building project funds based on my construction knowledge and understanding of the District’s needs. 

In addition to serving on the Board, I am a Mechanicville City Police Officer and work at G.A. Bove Fuels in Mechanicville, our family owned business. My wife Tina and I were born and raised in Mechanicville, attended Mechanicville schools, and were high school sweethearts. She is a dedicated first grade teacher at Mechanicville Elementary School who loves her students and district. Our daughter, niece and nephews attend the Mechanicville City Schools. 

Marlene Tierney: I am running for the Mechanicville City School District (MCSD) Board of Education for my second term. I have served as a member of the Board for three years and as President for two years. I am a member of the Policy and Finance Committees. In addition to serving on the Board, I am an Assistant Director at the New York Statewide Financial System. My husband, Chad and I have lived in Mechanicville for fourteen years and have two children; one in middle school and the other in high school. I also have six nieces and nephews that attend the middle and high school with one graduating every year for the next six years. 

Dee and I are invested in the MCSD and want to improve our school district not only for our children, nieces, and nephews, but also your children. 

In the last year, the Board has appointed a Superintendent, two Assistant Superintendents, a Business Manager, an Elementary School Principal, and a Middle/High School Principal. We also established district goals and have the Superintendent report out on progress toward the goals weekly. 

We are proud to serve on the Mechanicville City School District Board of Education. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and appreciate the community’s continued support. 

REMINDER: this year’s Annual School Budget Vote and Board Election will be by ABSENTEE BALLOT ONLY AND MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT CLERK BY 5:00PM ON JUNE 9TH. An absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope will be mailed to all qualified voters, as determined by the most recent years Board of Election voter poll lists. The definition of a qualified voter is someone who is a US citizen, 18 years of age, a resident of the District for at least 30 days prior to the vote, and not disqualified by any reason set forth in NYS Election Law §5-106. Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but does not believe they will be on the school district’s poll list, please contact District Clerk, Cathy O’Brien by email at cobrien@mechanicville.org or your county Board of Elections Office, as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 school election.