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Blind Brook School Board Candidates Set for Forum

RYE BROOK, N.Y. — The three candidates running for the Blind Brook Board of Education will answer questions and discuss issues facing the school district at a League of Women Voter's forum Tuesday evening at the Blind Brook High School Auditorium.

Incumbent Nancy Barr will be joined by former Board of Education member and President Rick Buzin and newcomer Daniel Savitt. The three candidates are running for two open spots in the May 15 election.

Barr, a Yale graduate and lawyer, has been an active member of the community since moving here in 1996. The mother of a Blind Brook High School senior and Blind Brook eighth-grader, Barr was appointed to serve on the negotiating team for the new teacher's contract.

"I am running for re-election because I believe my experience working to preserve and improve the quality of our schools without substantially raising taxes during very difficult economic circumstances will continue to be very valuable over the next three years," she said.

Buzin, a two-time Board of Education president in 2001-02 and 2007-08, said that in the 15 years he has been involved with the district, he can't recall a year with so many questions.

"This new financial paradigm demands creativity of the highest degree. The same old answers will not suffice if we want to keep our district strong," Buzin said. "We need more of a 'can-do' attitude among all our teachers, staff, administrators and most importantly, our (Board of Education)."

Savitt, an attorney at JP Morgan Chase, said his decision to run for the Board of Education was an easy one.

"As a parent of Blind Brook students and an active member of our community (and as an attorney specializing in home-lending matters), I have the skills and the desire to work to maintain Blind Brook’s reputation for academic excellence, even in this very difficult economic climate," he said.

Savitt, current vice chair of the Citizen's Financial Advisory Committee and community leader and volunteer, said the school board must be resilient in the face of the challenges presented by the 2 percent tax cap. Savitt is also the father of two children at the Ridge Street School.

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