WPCNR OVERNIGHT WIRE. From Janice Marra, CSEA. May 16, 2002:The Civil Service Employees Association announced its endorsement of White Plains Larry Geiger and Maria Valentin as the union’s choice in the May 21 School Board election Thursday. The CSEA also endorses the School Budget.
CSEA is endorsing Geiger and Valentin because they have demonstrated a strong interest in addressing issues that affect public employees and their families. These candidates are also committed to addressing the educational needs of the district’s children.
The union is also supporting the district’s passage of the proposed
budget. This budget proposal will ensure that CSEA members will
continue to provide a safe, clean educational environment for students
and employees. Additionally, passage of the budget will allow the
White Plains City School District to continue providing high quality
educational programs to district children. CSEA is proud to work in
partnership with the Board of Education and the administration in
support of this budget.
“Maria Valentin is an educator with experience in all aspects of the
White Plains City School District and knows what children really need
in the classroom,” CSEA White Plains City School District Unit
President Natalie Arone said. “We feel that having an educator on the
Board of Education will bring a fresh face and positive views to the
board and the administration. Larry Geiger is also a strong candidate
for the Board of Education because he has a lot of experience in this
district. His family has been in the district for many years, and he
is concerned about issues facing the children, as well as the staff.
Endorsing these candidates was not an easy decision to make, because all of the candidates would bring a positive aspect to this district. We’re also endorsing the budget because it’s educationally sound for our children and their needs.”
“As an organization that represents many working families in White
Plains who are the beneficiaries of the White Plains public schools,
we realize the importance of the school budget towards that education
goal,” CSEA Westchester Local 860 President Gary Conley said. “We
support the budget because of our common goals of giving our children
a high quality education. Out of a wide field of capable candidates,
we feel that Mr. Geiger and Ms. Valentin will best serve our students
toward our goal of quality education.”
“We strongly urge taxpayers in the White Plains City School District
to consider electing these candidates and to support the proposed
budget,” CSEA Southern Region President Carmine DiBattista said. “A
lot of time and effort was placed into making these decisions.
Accordingly, we urge the election of Larry Geiger and Maria Valentin
to the Board of Education, as well as the passage of this
educationally sound proposed budget.”