Selecting A New Member For The Board Of Regents

I had the pleasure of being part of the legislative delegation that spent all day Friday interviewing candidates for the vacant position on the New York State Board of Regents. Regent HarryPhillips is retiring. There were 15 legislators on hand to interview eight candidates at Greenburgh Town Hall. Regents are elected by a joint vote of the state Assembly and Senate.

My colleagues from Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Westchester Counties, all of which the 9th Judicial District, will be interviewing as many as 11 more candidates again this Friday.

Given the importance of the position, I advocated among the Lower Hudson Valley delegation to hold a local, open interview forum to allow the public to get to know the candidates and to hear the candidates’ position onInterviewing candidates for the Board of Regents. several important issues. The forum was well received by those in attendance and it is my intention that it becomes a model for the future.

I found the whole process refreshing. The forum prompted lively discussion about the state of education in New York.  The Common Core, student testing, charter schools, and teacher evaluation (APPR) are all very important, hot-button issues. Therefore it is paramount that we do our due diligence and make the best selection possible to replace outgoing regent Harry Phillips.

The newest regent in New York will have a hand in shaping our children’s education and, as a result, the future of our state. The leaders of tomorrow are in school today. What they learn and how they learn will impact what they are capable of accomplishing in the years to come.

Trust me when I tell you we want to make sure we select the right person for the job. We have another round of interviews on Friday (Jan.16) and once again, the public is invited to attend. Feel free to join me and my colleagues as we continue this process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or call my office at 914-725-1115.


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