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Voters will elect two to Board of Education

Filed in Budget News, District News by on May 1, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, residents of the Bethlehem Central School District will have the opportunity to elect two members of the Board of Education to three-year terms that begin July 1, 2019.

Voters had an opportunity to learn more about the eight candidates running for the Board the Education when the Albany County League of Women Voters hosted a Meet the Candidates Night on Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Click here to watch the video.

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, who has served on the board since July 2010, has chosen not to seek re-election to a fourth term. His term expires on June 30, 2019. The district thanks him for his distinguished service on behalf of the residents of the Bethlehem Central School District.

The Board of Education vote will take place on School Budget Vote Day on Tuesday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Upper Gym at Bethlehem Central High School, located at 700 Delaware Avenue.