Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00
Martin R. Kaye of West Hempstead was sworn in as the newest member of the Nassau BOCES Board during its Aug. 6 meeting. He won the majority of votes cast by Nassau County school boards during a special election held in July to fill the seat left vacant by the death of board vice president Iris Wolfson.
“I will do my utmost to fulfill your faith in me,” Kaye said immediately following the swearing in.
A second special election was held this week to fill the seat of longtime Nassau BOCES Board President George Farber, who died in July. The winner of this election will be announced at the Aug. 20 Board meeting.
Kaye has served on the West Hempstead Board of Education since 1991, holding leadership positions such as president (1999-2001) and vice president (1997-1999). He also has made a mark at the state level, participating as an active member of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in a variety of ways. He has been a legislative liaison for the State Legislative Network since 1998 and a voting delegate at NYSSBA’s annual convention since 1992. For his efforts with the association, he has received numerous awards, including certificates of Achievement and Merit, an Award of Distinction and the Developmental Achievement Citation.
A Fairleigh Dickinson University alumnus, Kaye has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in political science. He is the owner of Meridian Industries Inc. and Intercollegiate Designs Inc.
Kaye has lived in West Hempstead since 1977, and he and his wife of 40 years have four adult children.
Established in 1967, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is a public agency that serves the 300 schools and 225,000 students in the 56 local school districts of Nassau County. Nassau BOCES creates, develops and implements those programs and services that would otherwise be too costly for individual school districts. As a result, county residents enjoy all the benefits of locally controlled schools while reaping the financial savings of a large cooperative.