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Meet the Candidates Night is Weds., May 1

Filed in Archive, District by on April 23, 2019

white letters on orange backgroundResidents of the Bethlehem Central School District will have an opportunity to learn more about the three candidates running for the Board the Education when the Albany County League of Women Voters hosts a Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Central High School in the Library Media Center (LMC).

The slate of three candidates running for two seats on the seven-member Board of Education was announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

On May 21, district voters will decide on a proposed 2019-20 school budget, in addition to electing two members to the Board of Education. Board members volunteer to serve unpaid, three-year terms which begin on July 1.

The candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are:

  • BRENDAN M. MCCANN of Delmar, who is seeking his first term on the Board of Education. A district resident for seven and a half years, he is the self-employed owner of The Perfect Blend Cafe and Twisted Vine in Delmar. McCann and his wife, Kerry, have two children, one in kindergarten at Slingerlands and another who is preschool age. 
  • JONATHAN S. FISHBEIN of Delmar, who is seeking his second term on the Board of Education. A district resident for 25 years, he serves as general counsel for the NYS Division of Veteran Affairs. Fishbein and his wife, Paula, have two children, both graduates of Bethlehem Central High School.
  • WENDY SAMSON of Delmar, is seeking her first term on the Board of Education. She currently works for the New York State Education Department. A district resident for 29 years, Samson and her husband, Daniel, have a daughter in ninth grade at Bethlehem Central High School. 

Current Board of Education President Michael Cooper has chosen not to seek a fourth term on the Board.

Residents are invited to submit questions online ahead of the event:

Online submissions will be collected through Monday, April 29 at 5 p.m.

There will also be an opportunity for residents to submit questions at the event. The League of Women Voters requires all questions to be neutral in tone and addressed to all candidates. League volunteers will organize submitted questions by topic and may reword or summarize, or discard questions that are repetitive, personal or provocative. Some questions may not be addressed due to time constraints.