I am writing to introduce my candidacy for Trustee for the North Shore Schools Board of Education. My name is Lara Gonzalez and I am a 12-year resident of Sea Cliff. My husband, John, and I have three children – a 10th-grader, a fifth-grader and a kindergartener.
Next year we will have a child at each level – elementary, middle and high school. I have been a parent in this district for 11 years and intend to be here for at least the next 12 until our kindergartener graduates from North Shore High School in 2026.
I am passionate about public education. For the past five years, I have served as a school supervisor. Prior to that transition to school leadership, I was a full-time teacher at the secondary level. Currently, I supervise social studies, career & technical education, and service learning in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in Oyster Bay–East Norwich Schools. On a daily basis, I interact with students, teachers, parents, other supervisors, building principals, Central Administration, and community members. One of my strengths is bringing together different groups of people and coming to consensus on what is in the best interest of our students and the community. As trustee, I would bring those skills to our district.
There is a fine line between self-confidence and cockiness. That might become a significant factor in the election campaign for the 13th State Assembly District seat in November.
Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, a 49-year-old Republican, has announced his candidacy to challenge incumbent Charles Lavine of Glen Cove, a Democrat who has held the seat for 10 years.
First to Nick’s family, please accept our sincerest sympathy for your loss. We as a community lost one of the good guys! Great husband, father, friend and leader.
Glen Cove suffers with Nick’s passing. He was a confidant to many in his lifetime, he solved peoples’ problems and always cared, no matter what the issue.
In a time of trouble he would console and seek a solution, then see it through for his client, and did it always with no motive other than to just help.
I’d like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for Trustee of the North Shore School Board of Education. I have lived in the district for eight years, having relocated from the from the south shore of Long Island. I have embraced the peacefulness, beauty and sense of community I have experienced since my move. It is a truly special place.
I am running for the Board of Education because I believe my experiences, both the professional and life skills that I have cultivated over my 65 years make me an excellent candidate to help solve the challenging issues that are before our community and school district.
Spring is a time of rebirth, so it’s no surprise we celebrate. These holidays, whether true “holy days” or secular commemorations, tend to be marked by feasting and gifting. Many of these springtime holidays have a dark side—or at the very least a dark undercurrent. Behind the bunny rabbits (chocolate and furry), fluffy yellow chicks and prettily colored eggs lies a cruel and unjust death. Passover, too, marks a rebirth for the Jewish people; this most deadly plague, which “passed over” Jewish homes, finally persuaded Pharaoh to free the Israelites to pursue their destiny. (Let’s be thankful that human sacrifice has gone out of style with both God and man.) Truth is, springtime celebrations mark not life but its cycle, which must of necessity include death. If we were immortal, we wouldn’t take the same joy in being (not to mention the planet would be really crowded). The same dying and decay that make us sad are what make life joyful and precious.
(Below is a copy of a letter sent to County Executive Edward Mangano on April 11)
I write to express grave concern over reports in today’s press that the United States Department of Justice instituted a lawsuit yesterday against the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto for alleged housing discrimination against Black Americans.
This concern is all the more exacerbated by the fact that today’s press also contains extensive coverage of our national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
There is no room for any type of discrimination and prejudice in our communities and in our nation. It is for this reason that I am urging that you direct our Nassau County Commission on Human Rights to commence an immediate investigation into these most troubling allegations.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
— Charles D. Lavine Member of the Assembly
It is with great pleasure that I report multiple positive projects are underway throughout my district. Through the Community Revitalization Program, each Nassau County Legislator is able to apply for grants for projects that benefit
an entire community. Currently we are wrapping up some and starting some throughout Port Washington, Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
In Glen Cove, I worked with the previous and current Glen Cove Fire Department chief on a partial grant for their “turnout gear” and now have put through for a grant that would help them attain a vehicle needed for training purposes. I believe if you are willing to risk your life for us, we should support your training so that risk is at a minimum and your ability to save people is maximized.
The Downtown BID recently announced that they are beginning a new “streetscape” beautification. I am glad to have the county participating in this project.
With reference to the failed Sewanhaka bond vote, this would have cost each homeowner an additional $144. We are tired of the school districts standing on our backs time and time again for more money. And who is paying for the recently hired PR firm to push the vote...the taxpayers? To think of coming out with another bond vote is a slap in taxpayer’s face.
Recently, a very beloved uncle in our family was hospitalized in North Shore Hospital at Glen Cove. He was seriously ill and spent time in both the telemetry unit and ICU. The care he received was beyond exceptional, from the aides, nurses and especially his doctors. It was such a comfort, to have him close to home, as he is a lifelong member of the Glen Cove community. This enabled his family to be with him every day and we feel this helped with his recovery. Our uncle is 86 years old and if he was subjected to a strange place with different doctors we know he would not have faired as well. The staff was kind, compassionate, patient and competent beyond measure. Our family will always be in their debt for their remarkable and professional treatment of our uncle. We are so grateful to still have our community hospital and pray it remains as such.
— The Family of Frank Castelluccio
Now that the Village of Sea Cliff election is over, and before I am sworn in as Trustee, I wanted to express my thanks to a number of people who contributed to my election. The most obvious point to begin is by thanking all those residents who voted for me. Also special thanks to fellow candidates Elena Villafane and John Reali who so generously counseled me in my first pursuit of an elected position. I also deeply appreciate the hard work performed by the many behind the scene people who made everything from distributing campaign signs to organizing meet- the- candidates gatherings run so smoothly and effectively (special thanks to Dan Maddock who coordinated everything). To one and all, Thank You!
Beyond a simple thank you to all these people I can only reiterate my campaign pledge that I commit to doing my very best to represent the best interests of the residents of Sea Cliff by working in partnership with Mayor Kennedy and Trustees Lieberman, Vogt, and Villafane.
— Kevin McGilloway
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