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Suffolk Community College trustee Belinda Alvarez Groneman, whose current term is up June 30, may be on her way out.
Assemb. Philip Ramos (D-Central Islip) said he has asked Gov. David Paterson to name another candidate, who he would not identify, who is “more qualified.” Party sources say Ramos has put up Theresa Sanders, head of the Urban League of Long Island.
Groneman, head of a Latino group Pronto, went to Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer, who initially supported her even though she is a Republican. But sources say he withdrew his backing after learning she and Ramos, both former county police, had clashed over issues in department’s hispanic group and she backed Republican Philip Goglas against Ramos.
Democrats have recommended Brian Lilly, an unsuccessful legislative candidate to the governor to replace another GOP trustee Jerry Kane, and are reviewing names for to succeed trustee Avetta Ware, a county legislature appointee, who resigned Friday.
With two new appointees in the past month, Dafney Irizarry and Patricia McMahon and a new student trustee, it will mean an unprecedented overhaul of a majority of the 10 member board in a matter of months. However,college sources say it could bode well for new president Shaun McKay whose ties with executive vice president George Gatta have become strained in recent weeks.