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Magaldi Withdraws from Mineola School Board Race

New candidate may file by May 10.

Mineola school board candidate Gerald Magaldi has withdrawn his petition as a school board candidate on the May 17 vote.

The announcement came during Thursday’s meeting of the board of education at the .

According to Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler, Magaldi had spoken to District Clerk Donna Martillo and submitted a letter withdrawing his candidacy.

No reason was given at the meeting for Magaldi’s withdrawal and calls to Magaldi’s home seeking comment were not immediately returned.

A resident of Albertson, Magaldi had been one of three challengers to the two open seats on the board currently held by board and .

The remaining two challengers are Veronica Levitan and Joe Manopella.

As part of its election coverage, the Mineola Patch has been producing video profiles of each of the candidates. With Magaldi’s withdrawal, they are presented in this article merely as references from the candidate debate night.

The withdrawal also poses “some issues” Dr. Nagler said, because of the timing of the announcement. Due to the withdrawal occurring within a certain timeframe, it reopens the window for new candidates to run on the May 17 ballot. Any candidate who obtains 49 signatures by 5 p.m. on May 10 may now take the spot vacated by Magaldi.

“The ballot and the candidates are now not official until five o’clock on Tuesday the 10th,” Dr. Nagler said.

The withdrawal also requires the district clerk to send every person who submitted an absentee ballot – 146 to date according to Dr. Nagler – notifying them that Magaldi has withdrawn and giving them an opportunity to recast their ballot.

Additionally, the district is required to post public noties in and around the district that there is a candidate withdrawal and the possibility of another person running.

If another candidate does file, there would be a need to reorder the candidates’ names as they appear on the ballot, which would further delay the ability to submit all the information.

Since Magaldi was running on line ‘D,’ Hornberger may chose to move up from line ‘E’ or line ‘D’ can be left vacant.

“All these things sound a little silly but they all have to get done and they all have to get done within a half hour after five o’clock on Tuesday,” Dr. Nagler said. “So if we’re reordering things every candidate has to be present for that.”

citizentoo May 06, 2011 at 05:50 PM
It was apparent from the Meet the Candidate Night that Mr. Magaldi had no business running for such an important job. He had no grasp of the issues nor any semblance of how to handle the problems facing us. What a waste of time for the residents. Mr. Malipano seemed well intentioned but also seemed to lack basic knowledge about issues at hand and his comments likened running a school district to running a hospital. Not going to work. Ms. Levitan, on the other hand, is the real dangerous candidate. She wants to undo the reconfiguration, putting the district and the taxpayers on the road to disaster. Your taxes will go sky high to make her plan work and she wants to close Hampton folks. Vote Hale. Vote Hornberger.
Longterm Resident May 06, 2011 at 06:05 PM
After attending and then watching the video from meet the candidate night, it is evident that the opponents running against Hale and Hornberger lack the knowledge and respect of what is and has been going on in the Mineola school district over the past few years. I respectfully advise each of those candiates to withdraw from this vote, attend the future board meetings within the next year, listen and educate yourself on the community and then run for the board. You may be surprised of what you dont know! Vote Yes to the Budget, Vote Yes to Hale and Vote Yes to Hornberger!
Susan May 07, 2011 at 12:26 AM
No to Hale and NO to Hornberger. They have taken this school district, together with the superintendent, and thrown it into havoc. This our CHILDREN. There are ways to trim budgets without throwing everything into turmoil. Enough of the old - bring in new people!
Cliff Datys May 07, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Hi Susan: Were you at "meet the candidate night?" Obviously not.... because if you were it would be strikingly clear that there are only two candidates who understood the serious challenges facing the Mineola UFSD. That was clear to ALL in attendance. To trust OUR school district to any candidate other than Hale and Hornberger is worse than foolish, unless your intentions are to jeopardize the future of our schools and the education of our children! Get real....... Get informed!
Cindy Velez May 07, 2011 at 02:48 AM
@Susan with all due respect-the school district HAS a Finance Committee made up of community volunteers with children in the district and not. They have crunched the numbers in many ways. Maybe you should volunteer for such a group and give the district a better solution on how to provide quality programs and enhanced education. Or contact them and ask them to explain how budets work & maybe you will realize what has already BEEN cut out of the budget. If the district did reconfigure the schools the tax level would be something like 7%. That budget would surely fail. The majority of BOE should be commended for putting forth a budget of 2.37% that has ENHANCED the quality of the education our children receive as well as TOP NOTCH programs. Many districts are in turmoil right now. We have committee after committee of community involvement to be PART of the solution. How many have you been on? Do you even know they exist? I respect the fact if you are unable to attend meetings or if you are unable to volunteer, however you should not belittle all those who do make the time and effort for the children of this district. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. Get involved and if you can't get involved, then please take the time to learn the facts & history of the school district.
Cindy Velez May 07, 2011 at 02:56 AM
How would YOU trim the budget??? What would you cut out ??? How do you keep 7 buildings open, keep a tax levy at 2.37% so that parents, senior citizen and private school parents can afford to live here. Not an easy task especially if you want new programs and enhanced quality education. It's easy to complain, it's easy to pass judgement and blame. It's a lot harder to actually be PART OF THE SOLUTION for the better good of everyone. http://www.mineola.k12.ny.us/index.php?p=educationPlanandbudget
citizentoo May 07, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Susan please enlighten us as to how you would trim the budget without closing schools. Don't you think the board would have done that if possible? Who the heck would want to close buildings? What would be the point or benefit of that? You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Keep that head in the sand.
Cindy Velez May 07, 2011 at 03:17 AM
http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=279960&position=1&news_type=news A WEEK LONG show on News 12 that talks about all aspects of school budgets
Cindy Velez May 07, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Series at a glance: Monday, May 9 - Part One: A Taxing Situation Long Island is well known for its quality public schools. But it's also infamous for high property taxes. School taxes account for about 60 percent of your tax bill. Why are taxes rising faster than inflation, even as school districts are laying off teachers and cutting programs? And as state aid is cut, how much belt tightening is possible without hurting students?
Cindy Velez May 07, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Tuesday, May 10 - Part Two: Teacher Compensation They're responsible for the future of our kids. But teacher pay is also the biggest single factor in school taxes. And the cost of their health insurance and pensions puts a big strain on school budgets. Wednesday, May 11 - Part Three: Top Heavy? Do some Long Island school districts have too many administrators? Or do more administrators provide essential leadership that leads to quality schools? Thursday, May 12 - Part Four: Super Salaries Hefty paychecks and impressive benefits. We examine some contracts for Long Island school superintendents. Are they a burden or an important investment? Thursday, May 12 - Long Island Talks: What's Up With School Taxes? Host Lea Tyrrell speaks with experts on the subject of school taxes. The show airs from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 - Part Five: Share or Consolidate? Long Island has 124 school districts. Are they doing enough to share services and pool their purchasing power? Should at least some districts be consolidated to keep tax bills down?
Andrews Rd May 07, 2011 at 04:27 AM
Ok Susan - Vote "No" . Spite yourself. The districts that vote NO -generally do not value their school system. Their property values go down and teachers still get their mandated increases. Educate yourself on the issue and you will see. Schools need to close to make this work. Its not a big deal really it has happened in neighboring districts (Herricks -years ago, closed the Middle and Elementary} they still have a thriving, well respected district. C' mon get your head out of the sand. LOL
Vincent May 07, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Thank you Ms. Velez for your heads up alerting all concerned about the News 12 coverage on school budgets and also for providing the schedle. I can only hope that News 12 gives more than five minutes to each segment as they usually do. I will be especially interested in Part Two. As we in Mineola have to select two Board members, any one who promises to make the teacher's contract offer tranparent to the residents and not the closed door dealing as it always has been will get my vote.
Willie Parker May 09, 2011 at 12:57 AM
@ Vincent -- the two board members up for RE election HALE AND HORNBERGER ------ HAVE kept their promise of keeping the tax levy LOW for the last few years. They also have a plan in place for more future savings. I say let them finish their vision. VOTE HALE and HORNBERGER ! ! ! ! ! Their plan saves $37 MILLION over the next ten years. It's time to MOVE ON with the plan that the voters opted for. Two new candidates have stated that they have a NEW direction....it's call chaois.
Vincent May 10, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Ms. Velez, what a shame. As I predicted News 12 devoted about 3 whole minutes in the first segment of their report on LI schools. They are definitely more inhterested in the weather and their numerous commercials. Gotta make that money you know.
Patrick May 10, 2011 at 07:14 PM
Magaldi did a lot of agreeing with Hale and Hornberger. I hope he comes back and runs for Mcgrath's seat. Or maybe he'll unseat that woman that only talks when John moves his lips. Sadly, that three minutes is more than most voters will spend on May 17th. btw: If NEWS 12 doesn't sell ad time, they can't pay their bills. There's no such thing as an austerity budget in the private sector.
Cindy Velez May 10, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Mr. Magaldi is telling people he was ASKED to step out of the race...so as not to take votes away from one of the candidates running....I thought he was an independent ?!?!?!
Artie Barnett May 10, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Asked by who?
Cindy Velez May 11, 2011 at 12:00 AM
He didn't say who asked him.... but he did say he was asked to step down so "it would not take votes away from Veronica"....So I guess it wasn't Hale or Hornberger.......I am just curious as to who asked him to step down. I am all for candidates running on there own merit. It's ashame that people are corrupting the democratic process and manipulating it in such a way.
Vincent May 11, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Ms Velez, it seems we have our own little Peyton Place going on right here in Mineola.
Patrick May 11, 2011 at 12:50 AM
My advice to those who don't support Hale and Hornberger is to follow the example set by McGrath and Perrino... Simply abstain from next week's vote.
Cindy Velez May 11, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Voting is a privledge and a right...don't abuse your vote....KNOW what your vote means and maybe even what a five year inpact it would have on your pocket book. Hale and Hornberger have kept their word and a tax levy of 2.37% because they were willing to make the hard choice. They have a real plan that saves $37 MILLION over the next 10 years BECAUSE of the reconfiguration option that is before us. A plan that has been checked and verified by the independent Finance Committee (a committee made up of private citizens both with and without children in the district). The reconfiguration plan before us was based upon the recommendation of a CCC Committee made up of 33 people - senior citizens, pta representation from EACH community, principals, students, private school parents and many others. Their suggestion was a true compromise for progress and the better good of ALL the children....not just OUR CHILDREN....All the children in the Mineola School District as well as ALL the taxpayers with and without children that use the schools. A COMPROMISE and a hope for better things to come ......time to move on and let Hale and Hornberger get the chance to finish and then maybe just maybe we can all get back to the better things in life - Family, Friends and Neighbors !
Patrick May 11, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Cindy, run for John's seat.
Cindy Velez May 11, 2011 at 01:48 AM
@ Patrick.....one never knows what life will bring !
Vincent May 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM
Patrick, she will have to fight off Artie Barnett.
Cindy Velez May 11, 2011 at 11:01 AM
@ Vincent & Patrick.....what does one do with an Artie Barnett ?!?!? ....give him facts and a real plan that is backed up with real numbers and benefits all that live in the ENTIRE community......and your good .... no need to fight....actions speak louder than words.
Patrick May 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Vincent, perhaps Artie can run for Parrino's seat. It would greatly improve the collective brain power of the board.
Patrick May 11, 2011 at 11:28 AM
And speaking hypothetically, Vincent, if Cindy and Artie did run for the same seat it would be a great example of true, unsolicited democracy.
Cindy Velez May 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM
Cindy and Artie.....how did we get here ?!!?! ......VOTE HALE AND HORNBERGER they are the ones with the real plan and finance committee backing .... have a great day everyone !
Krystina Marie May 14, 2011 at 08:22 AM
Actually, they've improved the Mineola District. I don't know where you get your ideas from. They have thrown nothing into turmoil. They're the best ones for this job. YES to Hale and YES to Hornberger.
Andrews Rd May 14, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Yes---funny that he kept agreeing with and patting Hornberger on the back yet in Williston Times he endorses Levitan and What's His Name. Please......

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