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Candidate withdraws from Longwood school board race

Maureen Silvestri, seen in this undated photo, has

Maureen Silvestri, seen in this undated photo, has been elected to the Longwood Board of Education, as another candidate has backed out. Photo Credit: Longwood Central School District

A candidate in a tied Longwood Board of Education race has withdrawn, eliminating the need for a runoff election this month.

Incumbent William K. Miller announced his withdrawal at a board of education meeting Thursday, district officials said.

Maureen E. Silvestri, also an incumbent, was declared elected to the board of education for the term that starts July 1 and runs through June 30, 2018.

In the May 19 election, Miller and Silvestri each received 1,353 votes and a special runoff election was scheduled.

Silvestri, 72, a homemaker, is a 24-year member of the school board and chairs its safety committee. She has said she believes the state-imposed tax cap "has given us the challenge of providing a first-rate education at a price we can afford."

Five candidates ran for three at-large seats in the May election. Voters elected incumbent Daniel Tomaszewski and challenger Penelope Blizzard-McGrath to three-year terms. Challenger Victoria Molloy was defeated.

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