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Although they barely know each other, two recipients of this year’s Education Partner awards from Nassau BOCES are linked by the Nassau County Legislature.


Zefy Christopoulos is press secretary to the minority Democrats in the legislature, and is a longtime activist on education issues in her hometown of Glen Cove.


Patrick Boyle is executive director of Gateway Youth Outreach and a regular visitor to the legislature in Mineola, where he is an insistent and polite advocate for youths.

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The BOCES award “recognizes those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in a very tangible way.” The winners will be honored at a dinner May 6th at the Crest Hollow Country Club.


The other recipients are:
-Dr. Herb R. Brown, superintendent, Oceanside UFSD
-Bruce Castellano, creator and director, Increase the Peace
-Cheryl Davidson, executive director, Long Island Works Coalition
-Gerard W. Dempsey Jr., superintendent, Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD
-Donna J. Donahue, secretary, Fine and Performing Arts Department, Island Trees UFSD
-Lisa A. Gatti, founder and executive director, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian Inc.
-Jean Kelly, executive director, The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network)
-Paula R. Lein, principal, Archer Street School, Freeport UFSD
-Linda M. Lopez, PhD, psychologist, Nassau BOCES
-Kathleen Sottile, principal, Floral Park Memorial High School, Sewanhaka CHSD
-Daniel Yuengling, volunteer, Plainedge UFSD