Performing her statutory duty, Mrs. Janet Cabassa administers the oath of office to Mrs. Ramos-Meir and Rev. Lopez following their election during the Annual Meeting of the Yonkers Board of Education May 9, 2017.
At the 136th Annual Meeting of the Yonkers Board of Education, the Trustees re-elected Rev. Steve Lopez and Ms. Judith Ramos Meier to serve as president and vice-president respectively. Both will serve one-year terms in their leadership posts.
Rev. Lopez, who was appointed to the Board as a Trustee in 2013 by Mayor Mike Spano, remarked that "It's humbling, and a privilege to serve." Ms. Ramos-Meir, also appointed in 2013 by the Mayor, echoed his comment.
The Yonkers Board of Education is the official policy making body of the School District. The Trustees are appointed by the Mayor and serve without pay. Their time, energy and expertise are voluntary. The Trustees are:
Rev. Steve Lopez, President
Ms. Judith Ramos Meier, Vice President
Ms. Andrea Brown, Trustee
Mr. Kevin Cacace, Trustee
Mr. James Cavanaugh, Trustee
Mr. John Jacono, Trustee
Mr. Pasquale Mondesando, Trustee
Mr. Edgar Santana, Trustee
Dr. Nader J. Sayegh, Trustee
The First Board
The Yonkers Board of Education was formed in May 1880 when the New York State legislature approved consolidating the schools. The following year, the Trustees of the Board met to hold an organizational meeting, and to elect officers and adopt a code of by-laws.
In the 136 years since then, the Board of Education has held an Annual Meeting to elect officers from the Trustees.
The first officers of the Board of Education were elected from among the Trustees in 1881. Duncan Smith was elected president and Matthew H. Ellis was elected vice president.
The other Trustees of the Board, all of whom were appointed by Mayor Norton P. Otis, were: