Three vie for Roslyn Board of Education seat

Roslyn High School, on Round Hill Road, will

Roslyn High School, on Round Hill Road, will be the venue for a rock concert hosted by Roslyn area firefighters. (Sept. 9, 2011) (Credit: Ann Luk)

Three candidates are running in Thursday's special election for a seat on the Roslyn Board of Education, seeking to serve time remaining in the term of a trustee who stepped down in July.

Polls will be open at Roslyn High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The candidates are Seth Berman, Steven Litvack and Tanya Novelli.


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Berman, 48, has lived in the district since 2001 and has a daughter, 11, in the local schools. He is an attorney for his family-owned business, Town Car International, and he also does pro bono work. This is his first run for the board.

"I have a daughter in the school system, and I thought this would be another way I could give back and give to the community," Berman said.

Litvack, 43, an attorney who owns and operates nursing colleges, has three children, ages 8, 10 and 13, in the district. He has lived in Roslyn for 10 years. This is his first run for the board.

"I can bring my expertise in finance, legal, business and education to benefit the community," he said.

Novelli, 33, works as a substitute teacher in Great Neck, and this is her first run for the board. She moved to the district two years ago from southern Florida, where she worked as a teacher. She has two children, ages 8 and 13, in the district.

"Education is my passion," she said. "Everything in my life has been geared toward working toward the best interest of children, and this seemed like a great thing to get involved in."

The vacancy resulted from the departure of trustee Stanley Stern, who resigned for personal reasons. The person elected will serve through the end of the 2012-13 school year.

In addition to the special election, a ballot referendum seeks voter authorization for the lease/purchase of three school buses and one van.

A "yes" vote on Proposition 1 will not result in any increase in taxes because the cost already was allocated in the district's 2012-13 budget, school officials said.

District voters authorized the expenditure in May when they approved the school budget, but some financial institutions now require a separate referendum in order to secure financing, the officials explained.

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