On May 16, North Colonie residents will elect one of two candidates to a five-year term, without compensation, on the Board of Education. The candidates, incumbent Paula D’Orazio and newcomer Timothy J. O’Connor, are listed in the order their names will appear on the ballot.
Timothy J. O’Connor is running for a first term on the Board of Education. He is an attorney in private practice in Colonie and an adjunct lecturer at the State University of New York at Albany, who currently teaches Law in Financial Market Regulation and Technology in Financial Market Regulation during the academic year. A graduate of Shaker High School’s Class of 1976, O’Connor received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver’s School of Law.
Affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), United University Professions (UUP) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), O’Connor is also a member of the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners, a pro bono member of the Surrogate Decision-Making Committee, (SDMC) of the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs, and an Albany Diocesan Cemeteries board
Candidate statement: “A thriving and successful school district requires a circle of respect between and amongst students, parents, teachers, administrators and town residents. Fast moving trends in technology, as well as societal trends, require that our students be prepared for the future. A nurturing and supportive environment for students is foremost. As a graduate of Shaker High School, I would like to give back to the community and offer whatever experience or ideas I may have to advance the interests of the students in the school district.”
Paula D’Orazio has 15 years experience as a Board of Education member, serving as vice-president for the past two years. During her tenure, she has chaired or co-chaired several committees, including Community Board Relations, Employee Relations, Long Range Planning and Curriculum; and been involved in the Wellness Committee and the construction manager interview committee.
D’Orazio received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Education majoring in Communications Disorders from the College of St. Rose. Her four children are graduates of Shaker High School.
D’Orazio is a past president of the PTA Council, and was active in the Southgate PTA.
Candidate statement: “I have been a member of the North Colonie school community since 1990 and member of the Board of Education for 15 years. I have witnessed vast changes in education and the demands these changes have placed on our district’s financial and physical resources. The time has come to move forward in a direction that will transform our approach to curriculum delivery and will create the space needed to meet the significant growth in enrollment. This does not come without a cost and our administrators and the Board of Education are ever mindful of the financial impact our decision making has on our residents. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with these dedicated individuals. The experience and knowledge I have gained over the years is immeasurable. I look forward to being an active contributor as the District develops its plans to further its mission of providing challenging opportunities and 21st century pathways for all our students. This will be an exciting and challenging process that will impact generations to come. I respectfully ask for your support. I pledge that I will continue to work diligently on behalf of our students and our community.”