Fulton School Budget, Library Tax Approved; Voters Turn Out 21-Year Incumbent

Voters in Fulton gave strong approval to a school budget for next school year and even stronger approval to funding for the Fulton Public Library.

But one of the leaders of the effort to craft and pass a budget did not survive the night’s voting.

Voters approved the budget 753-468 and the $170,000 library tax 761-396.  Propositions to buy three vehicles and set up a reserve fund for future capital projects were also approved by wide margins.

“It was a good turnout, which is what we ask for because you want to get the will of the voters and it’s a very strong budget majority in favor, which is gratifying,” said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.

But there was a shock in the numbers.  President of the Board of Education Robbin Griffin failed to win reelection, ending a 21-year career on the board.  Griffin hugged incumbent Rosemary Occhino and congratulated Dan Pawlewicz, the man who won Griffin’s seat.

Pawlewicz had been a member of the board in the past, but left a year ago to spend more time with his family.

“That’s an awful lot of experience and knowledge that won’t be sitting at the board table,” said Lynch. “She has more experience than most people in a school district.”

The district will recanvas the tallies in each voting machine before making the results official.


  1. To have served on the Board of Education with Robbin Griffin is to experience and appreciate her intelligence, insight and passion for our school district. Her leadership is unparalleled in local government history. Quite simply, Robbin made our schools better. We owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude for two decades of volunteering her time and talents. I am proud to have learned about boardmanship from her. Without fail, other board members from across CNY, NYS and the Northeast would say, “How’s Robbin? And please tell her I said hi,” when I said I was from the Fulton City School District. Local leaders like Robbin Griffins come along once a generation. Thank you Robbin.

  2. When asked, most of us would say nothing is more important than our children and their education. Robbin Griffin did not just pay lip service to that belief; she served for over 20 years as a member and officer on the Fulton Board of Education. Community service like this is rare. I learned a great deal from Robbin during my time on the BOE. Thank you Robbin for giving so much of your time to our school district and our children.
    Rae Howard

  3. First I would like to thank the voters for supporting and passing the budget and all the propositions by such a large margin. We could not do what we do without your support. Secondly, although I have only been on the School Board for a year I have great respect and admiration for Robin. She has dedicated much of her time and efforts to being and advocate for our students. She has been an educator and mentor to so many of us on the Board offering her leadership and knowledge. She has helped us to understand what we need to do to be stronng advocates for quailty education for our students. Her leadership and dedication will be missed but I am hopeful that she will be willing to lend her knowledge and support as we move forward. Robin thanks for everything you have done for so long for our students.

    David Carvey

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