James Gounaris, Town of North Hempstead District 4 Republican, Conservative

James Gounaris, Town of North Hempstead District 4 Republican, Conservative
Herricks Board of Education President Jim Gounaris. (Photo courtesy of The Island 360 archives)

James Gounaris, of Manhasset Hills, was elected to the Herricks School Board in 2011 and is currently serving in his fourth one-year term as president.

He has decades of private-sector business experience in the restaurant industry and is the coordinator of food and nutrition services and the district registrar for Great Neck Public Schools.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gounaris set up emergency food sites. He and his food services team at Great Neck operated these food sites for families struggling to feed their children and themselves.

Gounaris is a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, which is dedicated to replacing hate with education across the country.

He has been involved with the Sons of Pericles as a past National Supreme President, Boy and Cub Scouts as a former leader, and the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee.

He also served on the Clinton G. Martin Pool renovation committee and is a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner’s Community Council.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from St. John’s University.

Top issues:

  1. Prioritize cutting taxes for North Hempstead residents
  2. Improving infrastructure
  3. Giving law enforcement the tools they need to combat crime.

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