Dan Smith, a Holtsville resident, is running for a seat on the Sachem Central School District board of education. He is seeking the seat of incumbent in the election on May 17.
Smith, 47, who has a law enforcement background as a Suffolk County and former New York City Police Officer for 25 years, is married and has two daughters who attend Sachem High School East.
He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in independent studies from New York Institute of Technology, an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Nassau Community College and a Coast Guard Captain’s License.
A volunteer for 21 seasons in multiple leagues for sports such as softball, basketball and track, Smith originally hails from Lynbrook and has lived in the Sachem community for 16 years.
“I firmly believe we’re heading into some very rough waters,” he said. “The government cycle is lagging behind that. We’re in for some tough times. I believe some strong leadership should step up and lead the way. We want to minimize the impact on our tax payers and work force. We want a level head going through the next few years.”
If elected, Smith said he’s interested in better understanding the process in how Albany disseminates money to school districts. Like many other community members, he finds the 14 percent decrease in state aid Sachem was hit with as unacceptable.
“I want to make sure we operate on an even keel and make sure we don’t hurt the kids in the process,” he said. “That’s the most important thing. That’s what we’re here for.”
Smith said he also promotes civility amongst citizens at the local level.
“We should take care of one another because we are a family. Our children are our priority and their needs should be met,” he said. “Understanding that the students are our future and will one day be our leaders, so let’s teach them right.”