McCleland, Verzosa Easily Returned to Bridgehampton School Board as Budget Passes

A new electronic, illuminated message sign will soon be installed in front of the Bridgehampton School to replace the existing sign. Christine Sampson photo

In the Bridgehampton School District, the budget passed by a wide margin, 262-102, with incumbents Kathleen McCleland and Markanthony Verzosa earning re-election to the Bridgehampton School Board of Education.

The proposed $18.98 million budget, representing a budget increase of $296,270 or 1.59 percent does not pierce the tax levy cap with a levy increase of $513,119 or 3.23 percent. The tax rate in Bridgehampton will be $1.84 per $1,000 of assessed value with a tax rate change of 1.15 percent.

Ms. McCleland was the top vote getter in Bridgehampton, earning 328 ballots in her favor, to Mr. Verzosa’s 248 and Mr. Gomberg’s 121. There were two seats up in Bridgehampton this school board election.

Ms. McCleland, 49, was born and raised in Bridgehampton and after a career in finance became the pastry chef the Beacon and the Bell and Anchor restaurants in Sag Harbor, where she is a co-owner. She has two children who attend Bridgehampton School. With Tuesday night’s vote, Ms. McCleland won her third term on the board

Mr. Verzosa, 49, was also returned to the board Tuesday night He is the father or two children in the school district and a designer and builder by trade. He is also a member of the district’s budget, safety and building grounds committee and the curriculum committee. He won his second term on the Bridgehampton School Board Tuesday night.

Michael Gomberg, 47, a financial advisor of Edward Jones Investments and a current member of the budget advisory committee, previously served one term on the board. He has worked in financial markets for more than 25 years, currently as an advisor with Edward Jones Investments, and has two children in the district.