Two incumbent members and two new challengers are seeking two open Niskayuna school board seats in the May 18 school election.
Incumbents Noney Grier and Howard Schlossberg are both running for new three-year terms, while Benjamin O’Shea and Aliya Saeed are both looking to win their first terms on the board.
O’Shea, the director of bands at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, is a local music educator who has also worked in Ballston Spa and Schenectady school districts. O’Shea and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Niskayuna for 10 years and have two children who both attend Hillside Elementary School.
Saeed, a physician and board-certified psychiatrist, works with the state Office of Mental Heath and has previously worked as the director of crisis service at Ellis Hospital and as an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Saeed has served on numerous mental health professional boards and helped coordinate a soup kitchen at Schenectady City Mission. She also served on the Niskayuna Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative, as board vice president of the YWCA of Northeastern New York, on the board of an organization that promotes Asian American political engagement, and she co-founded a local interfaith group of Jewish and Muslim women.
Saeed and her husband, Dr. Saqib, have lived in Niskayuna since 2004. They have two adult children who attended Niskayuna schools and a son in ninth grade at the high school.
Grier is seeking a second term on the board. She has served on the board’s audit committee, the district wellness and safety committee and as the board liaison to the Van Antwerp PTO. She works as an employee education and training specialist at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and has an associates degree in substance abuse counseling from SUNY Schenectady. She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and Student Veterans of America. Grier has lived in Niskayuna for 10 year and has two children with her husband, a current 10th grader and a graduate of Niskayuna High School.
Schlossberg, the board’s current president, is seeking a third term on the board. He works as a physician and has served in professional organizations and on the Schenectady County Public Health Advisory Committee. Schlossberg has lived in the district since 2005. He and his wife, Michelle Ostrelich, have two daughters, an 11th grader at Niskayuna High School and an eighth grader at Iroquois Middle School.
Voters will be able to select two candidates to fill the two seats during the May 18 election.