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Hassan Throws Hat In Ring As Herricks School Candidate

Long Island Grid/Power executive to run for school board

(The following biographical information and statement was provided by candidate Hassan.)

Brian Hassan, of Albertson, a 35-year school district resident, has announced he is going to run for Herricks School board trustee.

Hassan is a senior account executive at National Grid/ Long Island Power Authority where he has worked for 26 years. He is a graduate of Chaminade High School and received a BSEE degree from Brooklyn Polytechnic University.

Hassan is a past board member of the Albertson/Herricks Little League and is currently a trustee for the Herricks Community Fund and a co-vice president of the Herricks Athletic Boosters.

For 12 years, Hassan has been a judge for the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) which is the preliminary fair for the National Westingthouse Science Fair. In addition, for the past 10 years, he has been a volunteer for Junior Achievement of New York,

Hassan and his wife Kim, have three children:  Kyle who is in grade 11 at Herricks High, Meagan who is in the ninth grade at Herricks High and Sara who is in the fifth grade at Searingtown School.

Hassan Statement:

“I feel the most important issue facing the district is the decreasing amount of New York State aid that the district will be receiving in the upcoming years based on the financial situation of New York State.

“The next few years will be challenging as the district will have to manage increasing expenses with seemingly less “revenue” (state aid) which ultimately may involve reducing expenses in the areas of programs, full and part-time postions, services, etc, while being sensitive to any tax implications.

“These competing factors will all have to be weighed and some very tough decisions so that any reductions will be as fair as possible while having as little impact as possible on the students in the district.

“I am hoping that my years of professional experience, along with my engineering background, will assist in making some of these difficult decisions.

“I am also hoping that a new fresh perspective will allow me to identify additional areas that may have been overlooked previously to be able to make a positive impact on the overall budget.

“I am a firm believer of making decisions based on facts, not on ‘hear say’ or emotions.”

News

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


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