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ERASE Racism Benefit

Arda Haratunian An Organizer

Manhasset resident Arda Nazerian Haratunian is lending her expertise and support to ERASE Racism, a civil rights non-profit that advocates for racial equity on Long Island. As a member of its planning committee for the third year in a row, she is helping to organize ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit Celebration, which will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.

A strategic communications consultant, Arda has more than 25 years experience in both the private and public sectors. She most recently served as senior policy advisor and communications director to former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and previously worked for New York Governor Mario Cuomo.  During the decade between her two careers in public service, Arda was on Wall Street, serving as managing director of global corporate communications for Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank and before that, head of media and public relations at the American Stock Exchange.

Through her work in Nassau County government and her involvement with The Energeia Partnership, an academy for regional stewardship, Arda became increasingly aware of how race and inequality exist in communities across Long Island, impacting issues ranging from education to housing to health care.  

“Many Long Islanders are unaware of how significant the issue of racism is here on Long Island,” said Arda, adding that much of that realization came through her work with Energeia, which focuses on creating innovative and sustainable solutions to Long Island’s most pressing public policy issues.  “I’m inspired by the work of ERASE Racism and proud to be a part of its efforts as it raises public awareness, provides education on many levels, and drives constructive discussions to address the challenges.”

In addition to her consulting practice, Arda teaches at CUNY Queens College and Columbia University, where she is a founding member of the advisory board for its master’s program in strategic communications. Locally, Arda continues to volunteer her time to The Energeia Partnership, the Women’s Fund of Long Island and the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer.  

ERASE Racism’s 2013 Annual Benefit will take place on June 5 at the Garden City Hotel.  The honoree will be Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express. Chenault will be recognized for his life-time commitment to creating racial justice and promoting racial diversity.  Also recognized will be Jobco Incorporated for its commitment to increasing quality affordable housing on Long Island.  For more information and to buy tickets please visit


Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 


“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 


“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


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Thursday, December 5

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