UPDATE: Election results available here.

Robert Sullivan

Candidate for Harrison Trustee

2 Claiborne Road, Harrison

Incumbent: No

Age: 57

Employment: I am a patent attorney and the Managing Principal of the New York office of Fish & Richardson P.C., a national law firm specializing in intellectual property law.

Education: I graduated from Brown University with a Sc.B. honors degree in biochemistry and graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a J.D. degree.

Tenure: I have lived in Westchester most of my life. I grew up in Chappaqua and graduated from Horace Greeley High School. My family has lived in Harrison for almost 21 years.



Election Central: Why are you running for office or seeking re-election?

Sullivan: I have been supportive of the current board and the current three board members who are now stepping down. The Harrison school district has seen great improvements in the last ten years, and I want to work to maintain those improvements and build on them.

Election Central: What in your personal, civic or professional experience recommends your election or return to office?

Sullivan: I have been a member of the Harrison Central School District Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for the last 10 years, and I have been an active supporter of the Harrison Educational Foundation. I am a strong advocate of the public school system. I also have more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of law firm management and can bring those skills to work with the other members of the board, the superintendent, Mr. Wool, and the faculty and staff of the district to continue to improve the quality of education for our children while also providing good value for our taxpayers.

Election Central: What would be your top three priorities if you are elected or re-elected?

Sullivan: The biggest challenge we face is maintaining the high quality education that the district provides, given the budget constraints of working within our property tax cap structure and the burden of state-imposed unfunded mandates and state revenue cuts such as the Gap Elimination Adjustment. We and other districts need to take action, by increasing community awareness, through lobbying efforts and by working with state government and others, to lessen the burden of unfunded mandates on local school districts.

Another priority is to address deferred maintenance and capital improvements required for the school buildings of the district, particularly at the middle school and high school. There is a long lead time and complex funding requirements for these projects and preliminary work on cost-effective improvements to our structural facilities should start right away. Addressing these issues now in a targeted fashion will save money in the long run while providing the district with the facilities we need for the future.