Meet the Candidates Videos 2021

On Behalf of the Niskayuna PTO Council

May 5, 2021

Dear Niskayuna Residents,

Welcome! You are invited to view a virtual, “Meet the Candidates,” hosted by the Niskayuna School District PTO Council.

Each Niskayuna School Board candidate was asked to participate and provided 3 identical questions to respond to via self-made video. Each candidate was given approximately 15 minutes. We are presenting these videos virtually to be COVID-19 responsible. This provides 2 weeks to view the videos at your leisure before voting on May 18th, 2021.

Many thanks to Dr. Tangorra, Matt Leon, and Cynthia Gagnon for your assistance, thank you candidates for volunteering to serve on the School Board and thank you residents for your anticipated voting.


Co-Presidents Rachel Orsini & Nicki Ogonowski

Candidate Questions

  1. What do you feel is the number one issue facing Niskayuna Students, Teachers and Parents for the tenure of your term and how do you plan to respond to that issue?
  2. Please describe how you manage difficult, strong personalities in a professional setting while being sure to make your constituents’ views known and pushing policy to benefit the people who elected you.
  3. Equity among students and schools has been an important issue in our school district during this current school year. How do you plan to promote equity among students and schools while maintaining the individuality of each school and the taxpayers of each zone?

Candidate Responses:

Introduction to the Candidates

Noney Grier

Benjamin O’Shea

Question #1:

Question #2:

Question #3:

Aliya Saeed


Question 2:

Question 3:

Howard Schlossberg

Full Video: