Juleigh Chin running unopposed for Herricks board seat

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Juleigh Chin running unopposed for Herricks board seat
Superintendent Fino Celano (left) and Trustee Juleigh Chin (right) pictured at a previous meeting. (Photo by Tom McCarthy)

Herricks Board of Education Trustee Juleigh Chin will be seeking re-election in an uncontested race on May 17. 

Chin was elected to the Herricks school board in 2013, running unopposed to replace outgoing Trustee Sanjay Jain. She lived in Manhasset Hills for over a decade before moving to Roslyn and has had two children in Herricks schools, she previously said.

Chin was also elected president in 2019 and served one term before Henry Zanetti took over in 2021.

During her term, she oversaw part of the 16-month negotiation between the Herricks Board of Education and the teacher’s association that raised salaries by 5.3% over five years, once ratified. The current retroactive to July 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2023.

Before her time on the board, she was involved in the Herricks PTA since 2007 and also served two years as vice president of the Herricks Council of PTAs.

Once elected, Chin supported efforts to begin school classes later and was part of the board that brought in Superintendent Fino Celano.

With Celano’s upcoming retirement at the end of this school year, Chin, if elected, would be able to help bring in another superintendent to the district. 

She also ran a tutoring business in Queens from 1996 to 2000 and worked as a teacher’s aid in the Mineola school district for three years.

In 2021, she was appointed deputy town clerk for the Town of North Hempstead, a position she does not currently hold. Currently, she still works with the town as part of the communications department. 

Also on the ballot will be the vote for the $125.3 million budget proposal for the 2022-23 school year. The proposal represents a spending increase of 1.99% from the current year and calls for a tax increase of 0.5%. 

Breaking down the budget, 76 percent of it is devoted to programs and 13 percent goes to capital improvements, according to district officials.  The district anticipates state aid of $16.6 million, an increase of $2.2 million from the current year.

A final budget review will be held on May 5. 

Voting for Herricks will be held on Tuesday, May 17 in the gymnasium of the Herricks Community Center on 99 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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