Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00
(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.
“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.”