Street Address: 2 Muller Court, New City
Race: Clarkstown Trustee
Political and civic experience: This is my first time running for a political position.
Family: I live in New City with Stacey, my wife of 12 years, and our children. Stacey and I are active community members. Our kids both attend Clarkstown schools — our son is in the second grade and our daughter is in kindergarten. My parents live a few minutes away, in the house I grew up in. We just adopted a new puppy – Mason – who is running the kids ragged.
Residency: We own a home in New City. I’ve lived in Clarkstown for over 30 years – it’s where I grew up, and it’s my home.Incumbent?: No
Education: I attended Clarkstown schools from kindergarten through graduation. I graduated from SUNY Albany, and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science. Throughout my five years at the university, I was a teaching assistant and volunteer tutor for computer science and math classes.
Occupation: I’m in my tenth year as the Chief Executive Officer and co-owner of pcAmerica, a 60-person, Pearl River-based software company that provides point of sale solutions to retail stores and restaurants. We have several local customers and sell throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to becoming the CEO, I was the Lead Software Developer and Product Manager for our software products. I’m fortunate to be able to work close to home, as it gives me the ability to attend my children’s school events and extracurricular activities.
Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?
What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?
I am a Board Member of the Retail Solutions Providers Association, a professional association with more than 1,000 members that brings resellers and technology manufacturers together for education and networking. I play a key strategic role in helping us determine our goals and achieve them in a cost-efficient manner. http://www.gorspa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3429
I served a two-year term as a charter member of the Honeywell Software Advisory Board, and helped advise their “Scanning and Mobility” executive team on how to be successful in the retail technology industry. http://www.honeywellaidc.com/
I am on the software advisory board for Paydiant, a mobile wallet provider, and helped them launch some of their first live beta sites. www.paydiant.com
What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?
My top three priorities are below - they are all equally important and are in no particular order.
I want to ensure the board introduces budgets that are fiscally responsible while providing the best education for our children. Our past budgets have had an unsustainable trajectory that can////'////t continue long term. I////'////d work with the board and the administration to identify smart cuts that would save us money while having minimal impact on our children and their education. I was part of the Community Budget Workshops hosted by the district a few months ago, and we highlighted several ideas - some difficult, and some relatively easy - that were used in the formation of the 2014-15 proposed budget.
Another important priority is to address the desperately needed repairs to our aging school buildings. It////'////s highly likely that we would have to pass a bond to perform the repairs. I////'////ve proposed a plan of how to approach the repair of our facilities. Our board just approved the 2014-15 budget that falls within the tax cap and secures a rebate for most New York State taxpayers. This rebate is also available in relation to our 2015-16 budget I propose that we spend the next 6 months obtaining updated estimates for the necessary repairs of our buildings. We then design a 2015-16 budget that includes the cuts necessary to stay within our tax cap, and approach the taxpayers with a bond to repair our schools, and a responsible budget that secures them a second consecutive rebate while showing them we are serious about being careful with their money. It////'////s as close to a win-win situation as we can get.
Curriculum is another priority that has huge importance. We need to teach our children the skills and knowledge today that they will need to succeed tomorrow. Along with fellow Board members, I will work with the Superintendent to provide forward-thinking direction for our curriculum. If we are in the position to select a new Superintendent during my term, I would seek one that has a strong vision for usage of education-related technology within schools - how to securely use technology to raise efficiency, and how to teach our children technology skills that they will use in the future. I will consistently challenge our administration to provide the best results for our children.