No challengers in Remsenburg-Speonk and Quogue school board elections


Thomas Kerr, a member of the Remsenburg/Speonk School Board, and Larry Berman, who was appointed in March to the Quogue School Board, are both running unopposed in their respective elections on Tuesday.

In addition to those races, taxpayers in Remsenburg/Speonk will be asked to approve a $11.3 million budget, while their Quogue counterparts will be asked to sign off on a $7 million spending plan. Voting will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. in the Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School on Mill Road in Remsenburg, and from 2 to 8 p.m. in the library of the Quogue School on Edgewood Road.

Thomas Kerr

A Remsenburg resident since 1978, Mr. Kerr is seeking his fifth three-year term on the Remsenburg/Speonk School Board.

“I think Remsenburg/Speonk Elementary School is the best school on Long Island,” Mr. Kerr said. “I take pride in the school and, with the projects we have coming up, like the expansion and the parking lot, I want the school to continue its excellence.”

He explained that his two children attended the elementary school and have since moved on to Westhampton Beach High School.

Mr. Kerr has worked at Hentschel Insurance Agency in Westhampton since 1978, and has been one of the owners of the agency since 1989.

Larry Berman

Mr. Berman has served on the Quogue School Board since March, following the resignation of former board member Patricia Malabre. He will be seeking a three-year term on the five-member board.

Mr. Berman, who has lived in Quogue since 1985, said Monday that he has much to contribute because he has a background in education. He spent 17 years as a teacher and 18 years as an administrator in the Brentwood School District, prior to retiring in 2001.

He said he has enjoyed his first few months on the board, noting that it has been interesting to see how things operate from the other side of the table. “I can see the importance of a lot of decisions that the board is involved with, and they can make a real difference,” he said.

His twin 7-year-olds, Ansley and Kayla, are second-graders at the Quogue School and his 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, graduated from Quogue before moving on to Westhampton Beach Middle School.

Mr. Berman says he does not have any big plans in mind for the district. “Right now, I’m still in the learning phase and I want to get acquainted with the procedures and an understanding of how things work,” he said.

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