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LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING, BUDGET VOTE AND ELECTION
FORT EDWARD UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing of the qualified voters of the Fort Edward Union Free School District,
Washington County, Fort Edward, New York, will be held virtually on the District’s website at www.fortedward.org on
May 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., prevailing time, for the presentation of the budget.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the election of candidates to the Fort Edward Union Free School
District and the budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.,
prevailing time, at which time the polls will be opened to vote by machine, upon the following items:
1. To adopt the annual budget of the School District for the fiscal year 2021-2022 and to authorize the
requisite portion thereof to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District.
2. To elect two members of the Board of Education for a five-year term commencing July 1, 2021, and
expiring on June 30, 2026, to fill the seats presently held by Todd Tyler, whose term expires on June 30,
2021; and Daniel Shiels, whose term expires on June 30, 2021 for a five-year term commencing on July
1, 2021 and expiring on June 30, 2026.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the election and budget vote shall be by machine or absentee
ballot. The hours during which the polls shall be kept open shall be from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. prevailing time or
for as long thereafter as necessary to enable qualified voters who are in the polling place at 8:00 p.m. to cast their
ballots.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will
be required to fund the School District’s budget for 2021-2022, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained
by any resident of the District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the Tuesday, May 18, 2021
vote, except Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, at District school buildings between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m., prevailing time and also at said District Election.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the
Board of Education shall be filed with the Clerk of said School District no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 19, 2021. Each
petition shall be directed to the Clerk of the District, must be signed by at least twenty five (25) qualified voters of
the School District, must state the name and residence of the candidate, and must state the name and residence
of each signer. A copy of such petition and information packet, may be obtained by email request to the District
Clerk at tbessette@fortedward.org, or in person at the Fort Edward Union Free School District, 220 Broadway, Fort
Edward, NY 12828
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that applications for absentee ballots will be obtainable during school
business hours from the District Clerk, or if requested in writing to the District Clerk, beginning April 5, 2021;
completed applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven (7) days before the election if the ballot
is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election, if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.
Absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, on May 18, 2021.
The Education Law makes special provisions for absentee voting by “permanently disabled” voters of the District
and any questions regarding these rights should be directed to the Clerk of the Board. All completed ballots shall
be mailed to the Office of the District Clerk at 220 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828 no later than 5:00 p.m. on
May 18, 2021.
A list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the office of the District Clerk
from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. prevailing time except weekends, up to the day set for the election. Any qualified voter
may challenge the acceptance of the ballot of any person on such list, by making his/her challenge and reasons
therefore known to the Inspector of Election before the close of the polls.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that military voters who are not currently registered may apply to
register as a qualified voter of the Fort Edward Union Free School District. A military voter registration application
may be requested from the District Clerk and must be returned to the Office of the District Clerk at 220 Broadway,
Fort Edward, NY 12828 not later than 5:00 pm on April 23, 2021. A military voter may indicate their preference for
receiving the registration application by mail, facsimile transmission, or email.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Education Law also makes special provisions for absentee
voting for “military” voters of the District. Specifically, the law provides a unique procedure for “military ballots” in
school district votes. Whereas absentee ballots must be received by the voter by mail, a military voter may elect
to receive his/her absentee ballot application and absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile. If a military voter
does not designate a preference, the board of education shall transmit the military ballot application or military
ballot by mail. If a military voter designates a preference for facsimile transmission or electronic mail but does
not provide the necessary facsimile number or e-mail address, the board of education shall transmit the voter
registration application, military ballot application or military ballot by mail and request the omitted information. The
military voter must, however, return his/her original military ballot application and military ballot by mail or in person,
regardless of how the absentee application or ballot was received. The Clerk of the Board shall transmit the military
voter’s military ballot in accord with the military voter’s preferred method of transmission, or if not preference by mail,
not later than April 23, 2021. The Clerk of the Board must then receive the military voter’s military ballot by mail not
later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the vote.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a rule adopted by the Board of Education in accordance
with Education Law §§ 2035, 2008, any referenda or propositions to amend the budget, or otherwise to be submitted
for voting at said election, must be filed with and directed to the District Clerk at the District Office, on or before April
19, 2021; must be typed or printed in the English language. However, the Board of Education will not entertain or
place before the voters any petition or any proposition if its purpose is beyond the power of the voters or is illegal,
or any proposition requiring the expenditure of monies which fails to include specific appropriations for all such
expenditures required by the proposition.
AND FURTHER NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the qualified voters of the School District shall be entitled to vote at
said annual vote and election. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen
years of age or older, and (3) resident within the School District for a period of thirty (30) days preceding the annual
vote and election, and who is not otherwise prohibited from voting pursuant to the Election Law. The School District
may require all persons offering to vote at the budget vote and election to provide one form of proof of residency
pursuant to Education Law section 2018-c. Such form may include a driver’s license, a non-driver identification card,
a redacted tax return or any identification containing the person’s physical address. Upon offer of proof of residency,
the School District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address.

APRIL 3, 2021

Tobie L. Bessette
District Clerk
Fort Edward Union Free School District
Fort Edward, New York

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