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Vol. 15/Number 9 March 1, 2013 Tuckahoe resets search for super De-Clawed Nick Reisman is stripped by a Children's Village defenders in the Class C semifinals at the Westchester County Center on Feb. 25. The Tigers hung tough with the Hawks for four quarters but lost 64-51. For more, see page 15. Photo/Bobby Begun New Rochelle Conservative to primary county executive By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR While Democrats attempt to portray the county executive as a far-right extremist, a New Rochelle challenger has come forward saying Rob Astorino hasn’t been conservative enough. At a Feb. 22 press conference in front of the county Board of Elections offices, Kurt Colucci, a registered Conservative Party member and Tea Party supporter, announced his candidacy for county executive; he plans to seek the Conservative Party line through a primary. “My campaign is not about Rob Astorino,” Colucci said. “The focal point of my message is ‘we don’t have to live like this.’” A self-described conservative- libertarian, Colucci— decisions.” who said he supported Colucci, 36, also Astorino in the 2009 criticized the county race—labeled the executive for his pocounty executive’s litical appointments. He first term in office referenced the appointa failure, stating ment of Hugh Fox, the Astorino could have county Conservative done a better job Party chairman, to a cutting the county position with the county budget. Astorino has Department of Public been criticized for his Works after Fox retired decision to borrow from the Yonkers Fire money to offset the Department. Fox’s new Kurt Colucci tax rate in the county’s position earns him a six2013 budget, while holding true to a figure salary in addition to his state promise not to raise taxes during his pension from his time with the first term in office. Yonkers fire department. “Rob borrowed money but did it “It was the biggest political payoff under the guise of holding the line in Westchester history,” said Colucci, on taxes,” Colucci said. “In the long who works as a project manager for run, you pay more with interest. It’s COLUCCI continued on page 9 the long-term consequences of his By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER continue looking. "Our district is small, and we don't have a robust The Tuckahoe Board enough layer of adof Education has anministration," Urbina nounced that the search said. "We don't have a for a new schools sudirector of services or perintendent will conpersonnel like other tinue because none of large districts would the candidates located have." by a state agency were There were two found to be a good fit candidates that the Edward Reilly for Tuckahoe schools. district had in mind, The district plans to and Urbina said that hire a new candidate to take the the candidates were to be presented place of current superintendent Dr. to stakeholders and members of Edward Reilly when he retires at the the community for feedback on the end of the current academic year. strengths and weaknesses of each Southern Westchester Board of applicant. Before the presentation, Cooperative Educational Services, Urbina said one of the candidates or BOCES, is the state organization dropped out, stating that the district that was aiding the school district in was too small and suburban. One the search. BOCES will be replaced candidate was then presented to the and the Board of Education will community, but was not selected begin its search anew. Tuckahoe for the position. "Going into the Board of Education President Julio forum, many of us on the board had Urbina is contacting private search reservations, but that's why we went firms in hopes of finding a pool of to the community to see how they well-qualified candidates who pos- felt and see how the candidates met sess the necessary characteristics to with the stakeholders," Urbina said. be a successful superintendent. "Based on the feedback, we felt this Because the district was a member person wasn't a good fit." of Southern Westchester BOCES, Proposals for new search firms Tuckahoe schools were not charged have been processed and the Board for the executive search other than of Education will be meeting next the modest candidate expenses asso- week to review each possibility. ciated with the search process. The The new superintendent was origiprojected costs of hiring another nally to be selected in time for the search firm are roughly $20,000 to March Board of Education meeting, $30,000. but Urbina said that the district may Urbina said that the board felt not see a new superintendent until that the previous candidates didn't later in the spring. "We'll lose some have enough experience. A suc- time, but I'm not too worried about cessful candidate must to be able to it," Urbina said. juggle many different positions and, Reilly, who has been superinafter conducting interviews with the tendent for over two years, was candidates, Urbina said the district originally hired on an interim basis decided to use a search firm and REILLY continued on page 6

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