By Anessa V. Cohen

We are very fortunate to have a school board in office which has succeeded in achieving the ultimate in representing the interests of the public and private school communities and excelling in getting the most per dollar for all the children in our school district.

On May 21, there will be a school board election for three seats on this school board to serve the community for the next three years. Two seats are for the reelection of two incumbents on the school board–David Sussman and Nachum Marcus.

David Sussman is running unopposed and will automatically be reelected. The second incumbent, Nachum Marcus, to my surprise, has two other candidates running against him. To run against someone like Nachum Marcus who has such a proven record of fighting so hard over and over again for children with special needs in both the public and private school communities as well as his vocal opposition against the sale of Number Six School to Simone is a bad choice on their part and is very upsetting, to say the least.

Loyalty and hard work for our community should be rewarded by re-voting in the incumbent, Nachum Marcus, for another term without even considering any other candidates. He has earned it in spades!

As for the third seat which is an open seat that was vacated by Dr. Blisko, I, for one, am going to vote for Dov Herman. Dov Herman is one of the founders of the Community Coalition of the Five Towns, which seeks to work for the betterment of the Five Towns by increasing awareness of issues that affect us and political participation. This organization was originally founded to fight the proposed purchase by a mega-medical center of the Number Six School property. Together with CC5T, Dov has tirelessly fought the proposed sale of the Number Six School property to Simone, culminating in a landslide defeat for this sale and a win-win for the quality of life of our community. The other two candidates running against him may be very nice people, but I do not recall either of them involving themselves in this uphill battle we fought only a short time ago, and so both of them are unproven in my book. We want a guy who has proven to be a dedicated watchdog for our entire community as an added asset to the empty seat in our existing school board, and that guy is Dov Herman.

As my good friend and esteemed school board member Uri Kaufman stated at our victory celebration after winning the Number Six School referendum, “When you walk by the Number Six School grounds with your grandchildren and you see all the children playing there, you should be very proud that you were the ones who succeeded in saving this for them.” I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people who came out erev Pesach to save our community. I hope you will all make it your responsibility to continue to support and help our community by casting your vote on May 21. v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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