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Three Vying For School Board

With term limits set to expire for three positions on the Island Trees Board of Education, three contestants have emerged, sparking a potential six-way contest for the school board, this May.

 

For the three challengers—lifelong Island Trees residents Paul Giambona, Michael Rich and Brian Fielding—the biggest issue affecting the school community surrounds the recent proposal to errect 147 to 250 condominium units for seniors on 11.3 acres of property housing the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools. 

 

Although the school board’s response to an outpouring of community concerns indicate that the district plans to reexamine the property, Giambona said his concerns surround the transparent nature of the project and its cost. 

 

“One our major concerns is the [school board’s] blatent lack of transparency,” said Giambona. “It is important that the right things are being done in the interest of the people.”

 

According to Giambona, while the board never agreed to sell the property, the district spent thousands of dollars in fees for a real estate attorney, appraiser, and broker. “That could’ve went to so many different things,” he added. 

 

During a recent discussion on the property, challenger Michael Rich said that while he is glad that the district has decided to return to the drawing board, the disconnect between the board and school community was responsible for the proposal. 

 

“This would’ve been a terrible mistake,” Rich said. “There are other ways to go about it.” 

 

With three open seats on the school board, only one incumbent has confirmed plans to run for reelection. Calls to Island Trees School Board President Kenneth Rochon and Trustee George Storm were not retruned, as of press time. 

 

Pat Mahon, a board incumbent, announced that she plans to run for reelection against the three challengers this May. 

 

“I stand on my record over these past nine years,” said Mahon.

 

During her tenure on the school Board of Education, Mahon helped to increase AP classes in the district, implemented new safety protocols following the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., closed the high school campus, and worked with the budget committee to bring this year’s budget to a proposed zero tax levy increase.

 

While Mahon feels the challengers will have a difficult time matching her record, Giambona, Rich and Fielding feel that changes need to be made. 

 

“After a certain amount of ideas, it is good to get a different perspective,” Fielding said. 

 

With more than a month before school district voters go to the polls, The Levittown Tribune will continue to provide election coverage leading up to the May elections. 

News

 

Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county. 

 

The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year. 

U.S. Naval Veteran Wendy Linden

U.S. Navy Veteran Wendy Linden is incredibly modest when talking about her three years in the service. 

 

“I did nothing heroic,” says the Levittown resident, “but these men around me, they have done amazing things.” 

 

Linden signed up for the U.S. Navy in 1983 after receiving some motivation from her cousin, who had been involved with the Blue Angels. As a Long Island native, she had hoped to be stationed close to home. Her “wish list” included several ports, from New England all the way to the Brooklyn Navy Yard... but instead she was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 


Sports

Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.

 

In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs. 

Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.

 

Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games. 


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