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Kaiman Stepping Down Soon

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, who has served as town supervisor for 10 years, will leave his position the week of Sept. 23. 

 

“It’s bittersweet, but it’s time to move on,” Kaiman said.

 

Kaiman will be devoting more time to his new role as a special advisor on Long Island storm recovery to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. “This will be a full-time job come Sept. 23,” Kaiman said. 

 

With Kaiman’s departure, Deputy Town Supervisor Christopher Senior becomes acting supervisor, but without voting privileges on  the town board. The  board could appoint Senior or another as acting supervisor with such privileges, but hasn’t done so yet. The acting supervisor will serve until a newly elected supervisor  takes office on Jan. 1, 2014.

 

Kaiman had already decided not to run for another term as town supervisor in the upcoming November election, but instead  had announced a decision to run for county court judge.  When the storm recovery advisory appointment came along, he said he’d stay out of the judicial race.  The new $150,000-a-year advisory job includes offices in downtown Manhattan. However, much of the job involves serving as an advocate for Sandy-damaged LI towns. 

 

“This is an opportunity to do something important, time to meet new challenges, ,” Kaiman said. “There’s a lot of work ahead.” Candidates for North Hempstead town supervisor in the November election are Democrat Judi Bosworth, a Nassau County legislator, and Republican Dina De Giorgio, a North Hempstead town councilwoman.

News

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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