Honoring Maryanne Lehrer, Trustee of the Oceanside, New York Board of Education upon the occasion of her retirement from the board a...

download pdf



  • 11 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013
  • 17 / Apr / 2013

Resolution Details

Law Section:
Resolutions, Legislative



LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Maryanne Lehrer, Trustee of the Ocean-
side, New York Board of Education upon the occasion of her retirement
from the board after 36 years of service

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly acknowledge individuals whose exemplary careers, accomplish-
ments, and purposeful lives of service to their community and their
profession have significantly enhanced the quality of education in the
State of New York; and
WHEREAS, In recognition of its gratitude and as an expression of its
great respect and high regard, it is the intent of this Legislative Body
to pay tribute to Maryanne Lehrer, Trustee of the Oceanside, New York
Board of Education upon the occasion of her retirement from the board
after 36 years of distinguished and dedicated service; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in educa-
tion from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in
Education from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York where
she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor
society; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer formerly taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
Boston, Massachusetts; married to Sander Lehrer, the Lehrers have three
children who attended the Oceanside schools, and four grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer has served as a Trustee of the Oceanside
Board of Education for 36 years, since 1977; she served five years as
President of the Board and two years as Vice President; she has worked
with five different Superintendents of the Oceanside schools, starting
with Dr. William F. Tucker and Victor A. Leccesse and including 15
years with Herb R. Brown, the current Superintendent of the Oceanside
schools; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer takes just and special pride in her role in
establishing the Oceanside Middle School, in maintaining a strong neigh-
borhood school concept, in putting education dollars into programs which
serve students at all levels of achievement, and in supporting school
budgets which provide for effective and efficient education; and
WHEREAS, In addition to her roles on the Board of Education, Maryanne
Lehrer now serves or has served in many capacities promoting educational
excellence in public schools including service as the Federal Relations
Network representative of the National School Boards Association for her
Congressional District, promoting support for education at the national
level with an emphasis on securing adequate levels of funding for essen-
tial programs; membership on the Executive Board and Legislative, Dues
and Nominating Committees of the Nassau/Suffolk School Boards Associ-
ation; and
WHEREAS, She has also served as Membership Chair of the WLIW/Channel
21 Instructional Television Service Committee, on which she represents
the school boards of Long Island; representative of the Nassau County
school boards to the New York State School Boards Resolution Committee;
Legislation Chairperson of the Nassau District PTA and the Oceanside PTA
Council; and President of the Florence A. Smith PTA; and
WHEREAS Maryanne Lehrer has served as well as a member of the Town of
Hempstead Landfill Committee; chairperson, panelist, and lecturer at
numerous forums, workshops and classes dealing with educational issues
including school finance, child abuse, academic censorship, shared deci-
sion making and many others; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer is, in addition, a member of the Kiwanis Club
of Oceanside, Oceanside Kiwanettes, the Florence A. Smith Scholarship
Committee, Temple Avodah, the Epilepsy Foundation of Nassau County,

ACLD, the American Institute of Parliamentarians, Women's American ORT,
B'nai B'rith Women and Oceanside High School, SEPTA, and Empire State
PTAs and, she was a leader in the enactment of legislation which banned
corporal punishment in the schools of New York State; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer has fittingly been honored many times for her
commitment, dedication and service to her community and numerous worthy
causes; and
WHEREAS, In 1986, Maryanne Lehrer was named Woman of the Year by B'nai
B'rith and Sons of Italy for her contributions to community brotherhood;
in 1987, she was honored with the Oceanside-Island Park Rotary Club's
Golden Wheel Award for "a lifetime of dedication to the Oceanside Commu-
nity;" and, in 1990, she was honored by UJA as Temple Avodah's Woman of
the Year; and
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer is a recipient of an honorary life membership
in the National Congress of PTAs, as well as the New York State PTA; she
has been honored for community service and by the UFT for being a friend
of education; she received the New York State PTA Distinguished Service
Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Nassau/Suffolk School
Boards Association; in 2012, she received a New York Stale School Boards
Association award for Educational Excellence and, most recently, in
February 2013, she was awarded the New York State PTA Diamond Award; and
WHEREAS, To each of her endeavors Maryanne Lehrer has brought her
extensive and varied experience, her familiarity with the Oceanside
Union Free School District, and her enduring commitment to quality
education and to the children and families of the Oceanside community;
WHEREAS, Maryanne Lehrer has been a true leader of the Oceanside Union
Free School District; she is a caring, compassionate and committed
member of the Oceanside community who has made a positive difference in
the lives of her colleagues and of thousands of youth in the district
and has justly earned the admiration, esteem and affection of students,
faculty and staff, parents, and the community alike; and
WHEREAS, In completing her service as a Trustee of the Oceanside Board
of Education Maryanne Lehrer leaves behind more than mere bricks and
mortar; she leaves a legacy of quality education and community spirit to
the residents of the Oceanside Union Free School District, to future
generations of its students, and to her colleagues, friends, and family,
many of whom will gather at Temple Avodah in Oceanside on Wednesday, May
1, 2013 to honor her and to wish her well; and
WHEREAS, Through her dedication and commitment to the Oceanside Union
.SO DOC S R1220 RESO TEXT 2013
Free School District Maryanne Lehrer has contributed significantly to
the Oceanside community, its students, educators, and administrators
and, most importantly, to its quality of education; now, therefore, be
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute to Maryanne Lehrer, Trustee of the Oceanside, New York Board of
Education upon the occasion of her retirement from the board after 36
years of distinguished and dedicated service; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Maryanne Lehrer with the appreciation and best wishes of this
Legislative Body.


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.