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Niskayuna Board of Education candidate forum tonight

Niskayuna Board of Education candidate forum tonight

Niskayuna Central School District residents will be able to interact with candidates for the distric

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.

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