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Wantagh School Board Candidate Profile: Stephen D'Amato

Pharmacist is one of three candidates running for a seat on the Wantagh Board of Education.

Stephen D’Amato, a pharmacist active with the Budget Advisory Committee and PTA in Wantagh, is one of three candidates to for an open school board seat up for grabs on May 15. 

D'Amato, 35, along with and Peter Brasile are vying for a seat being vacated by incumbent Wantagh Board of Education trustee Robert Leuchtmann.

D'Amato is a public affairs & policy analyst for Pfizer, Inc. He has lived in the Wantagh School District for five years and holds leadership positions with the Wantagh Budget Advisory Committee and PTA. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Virginia, a B.S. in Pharmnacy from St. John's University in Queens and a Masters in Pharmarcy Medicine from Hibernia College in Dublin. 

"Wantagh deserves the full suite of the best educational services and opportunities for their children that our present tax dollars can provide," said D'Amato, who along with his wife have called Wantagh home for five years and have two children. "I think we can do a better job prioritizing how we spend our money and deliver even better results with the resources we possess."  

D'Amato said if elected he will bring his experiences as a parent and being a Budget Advisory Committee and PTA member "to make data-driven decisions informed by careful analyses and from listening to the needs and wants of the community."   

"Reasonable people may disagree on how we get there, but as Wantagh citizens, we can all agree that we want a peaceful and prosperous place to call home," he said. "If chosen to serve, I shall assist the board to prioritize and review strategies that aim to optimize the available resources from the community, while maintaining that level of excellence we expect and deserve."  

A meet and greet with the Wantagh school board candidates being hosted by the 6-12 Association is scheduled for this Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in the South Cafeteria. Voting for the school board race is scheduled for May 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at , and Wantagh Elementary School. 

The third of our series profiling the three candidates for Wantagh school board will run Friday. To read the first profile, click .  

Chris Wendt May 07, 2012 at 10:51 AM
This gentleman is a candidate for the Board of Education. He possesses academic credentials which demonstrate a solid appreciation for "the value of education" in his own life, having attained bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees on his way to securing a career as a public policy analyst with Pfizer, one of the premier pharmaceutical corporations in the world. His motivations for running for the Board of Education are right there in the photograph. He is about hope, not grinding axes. He does not have many (any?) lawn signs, however. This message has not been approved by or rejected by or even submitted to the candidate. It could or should be important to consider that Bob Leuchtmann, who is unable to seek re-election to the Board of Education, has a degree in management and public policy, and works in the operations side of a global financial corporation, JP Morgan-Chase. It is Bob's seat coming vacant. Some consideration should be due for maintaining balance on the school board. Balance in work experience, educational level, and potential for the future of not only our schools, but most importantly, of YOUR children. Lawn signs? Telling people how to vote. I always used to have two lawn signs, to tell people how to vote, coming and going in either direction past my front lawn. I don't have any this year, because I got the memo about lawn signs.
JG May 08, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Mr. D'Amato is my choice as well. Unfortunately, BOE races are popularity contests and residents vote for who they know, see around town, and who their friends tell them to vote for.
JFS May 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
And PATCH keeps putting "Elect Tony Greco" banners over D'Amato and Brasile photos on their respective "Candidate Profile" pages. That stinks.
Andrew Coen May 10, 2012 at 06:55 AM
@JFS- Mr. Greco took out ads for all election category stories, which includes this one.

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