Niskayuna Board of Education candidate forum tonight
NISKAYUNA Niskayuna Central School District residents will be able to interact with candidates for the district’s Board of Education this evening.
The meet-the-candidates night is set for 7 p.m. at the Van Antwerp Middle School auditorium.
Three incumbents and three challengers are vying for three three-year terms on May 21.
The district provided the following information:
• Debbie Gordon is seeking her third term on the board. She first won election to the board after serving as PTO Council co-president for the district.
She graduated from SUNY Binghamton and has a master’s degree from Syracuse University. She is a certified social worker. She and her husband, Brian, have two children, both Niskayuna High School students.
• David Hudson is seeking his fifth term. He was previously president of the board. He works at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a senior network system programmer.
He is a SUNY graduate. He and his wife, Trudy, have two children, both graduates of Niskayuna schools.
• Patricia Lanotte is seeking her first term on the board. She is an assistant controller and finance simplification leader at GE Global Research. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Siena College.
Lanotte and her husband, Mike, have two children, both students in the district.
• Kevin Laurilliard is also looking for his first term on the board. Laurilliard is an attorney and shareholder with McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams P.C. whose law practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and construction law.
He has bachelor’s degrees from the University at Albany and a juris doctor from Albany Law School. Laurilliard and his wife, Susan Quine Laurilliard, have three children, one a Niskayuna graduate, the other two currently students.
• Matt Petrangelo is seeking his first term on the board. He is a project manager with BCI Construction Inc.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Ellen, have two children, one a kindergartner, the other age 4.
• Jeanne Sosnow is seeking a fourth term on the board. She graduated from Bucknell University and is president of the Capital District School Boards Association. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant at Iroquois. She also previously served as board president.
Sosnow and her husband, Peter, have three daughters, all Niskayuna graduates.
A seventh candidate, Joshua Vinciguerra, withdrew from the race to avoid the appearance of any professional conflicts with his day job as a state assistant attorney general, district officials said.
Vinciguerra’s withdrawal triggered a state-mandated extension of the petition filing deadline, meaning others could still join the race. The new deadline to file is May 14.