Five Vying for Vacated Trustee Seat [UPDATED]

Five residents hope to serve the remainder of former Board of Education trustee Robyn Kingston's term.

Six residents applied for the Board of Education term that was vacated earlier this year by former trustee Robyn Kingston.

Catherine Kazan, Rogger Ortiz, Matthew Giordano, Robert Pignatello, Jacqueline Pisatowski, and Lisa Spatola initally applied for the position. Giordano submitted a resignation letter to the board last week.

Kingston resigned from her term in January. 

“It just seems like an opportunity that goes along with everything that we’re involved in,” said Ortiz. “I feel like I should be a part of the narrative. I want to make a bigger impact.”

Ortiz and his wife own Christina by Design salon. His sons attend George Washington Middle School and Randall Carter Elementary School. He coaches soccer at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne.

“I think that my experiences would help direct the school system,” Ortiz said.

Pisatowski is alumna of Wayne Valley High School.

“I feel like I want to contribute something back to the system. I want to give something back,” Pisatowski said. “Giving our children a good education is the most important thing we can do for them.”

Pignatello has lived in Wayne for 18 years. He has an extensive background in higher education. She is senior vice president for finance and administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. 

"Our education system is not the place for political influence or interference," Pignatello said. "I like to ask questions and challenge assumptions. I believe in strategic planning and resource allocation and assessment. I look for accountability and results." 

Kazan ran for a term on the board this year .

“I haven’t changed my mind. I still would like to be a board member,” Kazan said. “I still believe we need true representation of the people who make up our community. I still feel the need to serve.”

Giordano submitted a resignation letter to the board last week.

Spatola did not return messages seeking comment.

The board is expected to appoint someone to the position this month. That person will have the option of running for a one-year unexpired term in November and for a full three-year term in 2014. 

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Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 02:56 AM
What hateful comments do you imagine that I have made? I wasn't aware that credentials were required here, I joined the forum to comment on the stories, I am commenting on the story. Initial commenters replied supporting Kazan, I replied that do not. I am not bent on discreditng Kazan, I only pointed out that she stood for election and lost, that most voters did not want her on the board. It was her supporters (you among them) that revealed that certain board members agree with the voters, they don't want her on the board either. According to Scondo, it's up to the mayor. I am fine with that, even if he picks Kazan? Will you be OK if he doesn't?
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 03:03 AM
C'mon Justice! What's the matter with you. Frank is a renaissance man! Let's see...he's a psychic, campaign consultant, psychologist, TV critic, and much much more.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 03:21 AM
And I'll defend those who you call immoral and unethical, especially when they act within the law, and in the best interests of the district.
stewart resmer February 08, 2013 at 03:52 AM
this goes 'ta show ya how the current way of handling thigs like filling a vacated seat needs a better way of doing it, on the one hand Mz Kingston knew she was leaving, and like Bulgoievich said, 'this is worth gold', and then the FBI caught wind of influence peddling. Now along comes the never ran spoilers as an individual who did run isnt the beneficiary by virtue of the vote count, and so we have this free for all as the board readies to annoint the best ring kisser? Along come Shank Gaggler, I mean frank gallagher, and he has an opinion? LMAOFRAF I mean whats next? Mz Bello resigning too?
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Thank you Al for recognizing all the talents. You do pose a good question, what's the matter with Justice? Do you know?
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Frank.....not only are you a shill, but you can't read either. Please review every one of my posts. If you can find the words immoral or unethical in any one of them, please point it out to me. Now you're starting to make things up. Don't get dillusional on us.
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Your quite welcome Frank!
C6 February 08, 2013 at 05:18 AM
I can't believe the personal attacks that are being written on here. It's very disturbing that adults are acting like this. There is so much more in life to enjoy-instead of attacking Frank, find time to be grateful for something wonderful in your life. NO, I do NOT know Frank but I do know what I am reading sounds like little preschoolers fighting in the sandbox. Voice your opinion about the article, not about a personal dislike for another human being.
Chicken Little February 08, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Justice, You're hysterical.
Bill February 08, 2013 at 10:30 AM
All the underhanded psycho babble is being wriiten by Frank and his sidekick. Everyone else is responding to their negativity.
Bill February 08, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Chicken Little, I have actually taken the immense time to read through your postings on the Patch. There is one thing that resonates throughout; your hysteria when you cannot get the last word. Yes. You are the one that is hysterical, yet you accuse others of the same. Typical.
Bill February 08, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Stewart, why would Bello be resigning from her Counsel seat? Is she moving to Texas with Kingston?
wayne mom February 08, 2013 at 03:10 PM
The way I see it, if Ms. Kingston had resigned prior to the election, then 3 Board Seats would have been open to be voted upon and Ms. Kazan would have been elected.
wayne mom February 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
correction 4 seats would have been available
Scondo February 08, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I am grateful that Dan has not turned off the comments because if we are to snowed in for the weekend we will all be needing some form of entertainment, no football and all that.
Justice February 08, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Al. Satan has many names and job descriptions.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Well the way I see it, if four seats had been available, the voting would have been different. Monteyne would have been fully supported, finished fourth, and Kazan would have finished 5th. But "ifs" don't matter here, what matters is what actually did happen, Kazan was not elected. Maybe she will be appointed, but her supporters don't seem to think that will happen. That's probably because she has been at odds with the board, they don't want her.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 07:41 PM
That's another personal attack.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I didn't make anything up. Re-read my post, I never claimed that you wrote that, only that I will defend if you do.
stewart resmer February 08, 2013 at 07:55 PM
No gaggeler Mz Kingston knowing she was leaving, decided to embark on influencing the outcome of an election by not announcing her intent to vacate a seat, evry one is not as easily mislead as you and the lady might want every one to be. 6700 voters disagree with you.
Justice February 08, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I agree with Al. I also see that the entertainment value is priceless. I think the reality show producer needs a call. How about calling it "The Trustees of The Wayne Board of Education"? We can see how all the plays are done and how certain people respect that type of behavior.
Chicken Little February 08, 2013 at 08:05 PM
You are mistaken. There is nothing hysterical about my posts. As for the last word, I tire of the nonsense after a point, and check out. So, this IS my last word on this topic. There is only so much time to waste.
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Wayne Mom..your point is excellent and interesting. Look at it this way. If Kingston would have resigned at a time before the election, where a fourth seat would have come available in the election, Cathy Kazan most probably would have won. The regular board members ran away from Monteyne, who they appointed earlier, therefore not giving him a chance. That opens the fourth seat to a Cathy Kazan win. Kingston knowing she was moving at a given time, purposely did not resign, holding the seat until after the New Year, which preserved the board to pick who they want. Although Kingston didn't do anything illegal, I'm sure someone can make a case about an ethical question. Our resident political correspondent, Frank Gallagher makes a point, that makes his cohorts look even worse. He says that if Kingston would have resigned before the election, and a fourth seat was open, they would have supported Monteyne, as opposed to dumping him from the ticket. I guess, even though they wanted Monteyne out, obviously not thinking he made a very good trustee, they would have supported him anyway, just to hold the seat. Gee, that's a comforting thought! Awesome!
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Frank...you're absolutely dillusional. Now you don't even remember what you wrote. Are you OK? Let me quote you Frank! "I'll defend those who you call immoral and unethical". C'mon now Frank. Calm down and relax. Read your post again. You're just not making any sense.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM
And 8000 voters agree with me, 8000 voters (the majority) disagree with you.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 08:27 PM
When are you instituting the impeachment proceedings? Who will you impeach, Justice?...Satan?
stewart resmer February 08, 2013 at 10:06 PM
I was just saying 'what if' the council president knowing she too were to be vacating her seat was to what Mz Kingston has done? What would that say about Wayne Township? We just cant have people influencing elections and manipulating results in order to circumvent the democratic electoral preogatives of the People can we?
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 10:15 PM
You have it right, in the Kingston matter, should you call those who act within the law unethical or immoral, I will defend them. You seem confused, that's because you are aggitated and somehow reading things that have not been written.
Frank Gallagher February 08, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Why are you dancing around this, Al? Do you consider Kingston's actions with her resignation unethical or immoral? Al Scala 5:03 pm on Friday, February 8, 2013 Although Kingston didn't do anything illegal, I'm sure someone can make a case about an ethical question.
Al Scala February 08, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Frank....my points have been made on this issue. They are clear. Now why don't you go troll on some other post. You're a shill with an agenda. Go "agenda" somewhere else. Sayanara!


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