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SCCC board chair meets with other members on alleged ethics issue

Suffolk County Community College trustee chairwoman Dafny Irizarry and her attorney met in executive session last week with other board members and a board lawyer to review an alleged breach of confidentiality.

Irizarry and her lawyer, Vincent Messina, spent about half an hour with the board and its attorney, Steven Leventhal, county and board sources said. Messina declined to comment.
It was the first time Irizarry and the board met to discuss the undisclosed ethics issue. The board spent $5,000 on a private investigator last year and tried unsuccessfully to get the county ethics commission to review the issue, which it deemed beyond its jurisdiction. The board then hired Leventhal, former chairman of Nassauas ethics commission, early this year to review the issue.

Irizarry, a trustee since 2010 and chairwoman for two years, faces annual re-election at the boardas June meeting. There is speculation that the board could vote to name current vice chairwoman Theresa Sanders as its new chairwoman. College president Shaun McKay last summer lobbied behind the scenes to oust Irizarry as board chairwoman, and to remove trustee Anne Shybunko-Moore over absences she thought had been excused, county and board sources said.


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