President Dominic Cafarelli running for second term.
Bio: I am a 2001 graduate of Mohonasen High School, a 2005 graduate of Skidmore College, and a 2008 graduate of New England School of Law. Following law school, I worked as an associate attorney for the DeLorenzo Law Firm. Presently, I am an Attorney for the Town of Rotterdam where I provide legal counsel to the Town Board, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. I also work as a professor of Paralegal Studies at Mildred Elley in Albany and am a member of the Schenectady County Bar Association and a parishoner at St. John the Evangelist Church.
50 words or less each:
1. Why are you running for school board? I am amazed by the great strides and growth the Mohonasen schools and district have shown in the ten years since I graduated. Things are moving in the right direction and I believe I can help bring the district to the next level of advancement.
2. If elected, what do you hope to accomplish? We need to keep taxes reasonable for all district residents, particularly our seniors. We need smart growth, while not losing sight of our primary concern: the education of our youth. Teacher salaries must stay competitive with neighboring schools to ensure that we keep bringing the best and brightest to Mohonasen.
3. What is you opinion of the 2010-11 school budget? The budget process is difficult and perhaps the greatest responsibility of the board. Taxpayer dollars should be treated with care, and cuts need to be carefully scrutinized. The Board has done an admirable job, considering the difficult position they have placed into by New York State's cuts in education aid.
4. What would you bring to the school board? As a young professional, working as a lawyer and a teacher, I believe I can relate to the students, faculty, and administration. I am an open-minded optimist who believes in creative thought and reasoned solution. I excel at teamwork and look forward to working with a diverse group of people.