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Amsterdam school board candidate says she'll bring fresh perspective

Amsterdam school board candidate says she'll bring fresh perspective

*Amsterdam school board candidate says she'll bring fresh perspective

Amsterdam school board candidate says she’ll bring fresh perspective

Amsterdam residents are wondering, "Who is this Andrea Prusky who is running for the Amsterdam School Board?" Well, I am Andrea Prusky, and I guess I have some introducing to do.

I am relatively new to the area. My husband is a Montgomery County deputy sheriff and has grown up here most of his life. We moved to Amsterdam about three years ago with our five children. I have two step-daughters in middle school and three boys in elementary school. I have zero experience running for any sort of political office and have no other connection than my husband and his family in Amsterdam.

So the big question is: Why am I running for school board? I am not going to bore you with a bunch of promises or big speeches. The answer is much simpler than any campaign I can swing at you. When someone is invested in a new career, for instance, one will fully investigate the benefits, the salary, the potential for growth, and so on.

Here’s my investment: I am a mom, I am a homeowner and a taxpayer. I am fully invested in this city, in this community, in our schools, in our neighbors and in our children. The decision to run for school board is my investment. It is a time investment away from my family. Every decision I make reflects back into this community and on to me.

I am a hard worker and I commit myself with a lot of passion. I am a fair thinker. I will review all facts before making a decision. I do not mind speaking against the majority.

One thing I do have is a voice, a loud one, and I believe that it can be used as an asset to better the school board. I am an avid believer in community strength. As a parent in this city, I do not think there is enough of it.

I want to bring more involvement to the school board meetings by using current technology; social media for example, to keep more people involved in what is going on. The city needs to keep ideas and communications with its community fresh and new, engaging and inspiring. Not everyone can attend meetings, and when they do, it shouldn’t be because we are raising taxes or cutting health insurance for teachers.

My decision to run for school board wasn’t to throw anyone off. My decision is simply to bring some fresh ideas to the table as an active mother in the community; oil for a squeaky wheel, if you will.

Living here these past three years, I have met a lot of great people. I look forward to raising my children here. I thank you for considering me for the Greater Amsterdam School Board election on May 20. No matter who you choose, please take the time to vote, your community depends on it.

Andrea Prusky


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