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Bethpage Woman Stole From PTA: DA

A Bethpage woman was charged with abusing her position as elementary school PTA treasurer, stealing more than $5,000 by forging the PTA president’s signature, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced last week.

Kathryn Savage, 37, was arrested Sept. 25 by investigators and charged with grand larceny in the third degree and four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

“This defendant betrayed every child at the school and every PTA member who trusted her to handle the association’s finances,” Rice said. “PTA members volunteer their time to provide a more fulfilling educational experience for the students. They shouldn’t have to worry that one of their own is stealing from them.”

Rice said that between August, 2012 and July, 2013, Savage served as the treasurer for the Central Boulevard Parent-Teacher Association. Between April 1, 2013 and May 23, 2013, Savage wrote five unauthorized checks on the PTA’s checking account, totaling $5,401.20. One of the checks was written to Savage’s boyfriend, and the other four were written to cash, and either endorsed or cashed by Savage.

The four checks written to cash bear the signature of Savage and the PTA president. The president never signed the check, nor gave her permission, consent, or authorization to Savage to sign her name, according to the charges.

The theft was discovered during an internal audit of the account by members of the PTA. The case was then referred to the district attorney’s office.

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Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, military veterans and Gold Star families will have to wait for their tax break until next year.

Plainview is one of several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending an exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Last month, despite concerns about lack of confidence in the validity of eligibility information provided by the county assessor’s office, the Plainview trustees voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the Plainview-Old Bethpage School District, starting with the 2014-2015 school year.

The Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School business teams placed second and third in the Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge. They competed against two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County for scholarships and cash awards from various sponsors.  

On April 9, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, student teams had 10 minutes to convince a panel of expert judges that their plan for a business in the Plaza of the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is feasible and would be successful.


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