Received from Sara Jones, Sea Cliff
March 11, 2018
To the Editor:
I’m supporting Terryl Donovan for Sea Cliff Trustee because she has the skills the Village needs to plan, budget and manage in a fiscally responsible manner. Her career in government service has prepared her to understand not only the minutia of policies and procedures but also to work with colleagues and other stakeholders in a transparent and open environment that encourages ideas, collaboration, and change to make systems and procedures better. Her resume is impressive and aligned with the values many of us share. In her position at the NYC Department of Sanitation, she worked on the team that started the voluntary NYC Recycling Program in the 80's and passed Local Law 19, making recycling mandatory in the city. As a manager at the NYC Department of Education, she implemented large grant budgets and launched new initiatives strengthening the arts, including the Summer Arts Institute, a public-private partnership resulting in a comprehensive arts program created in response to the events of 9/11. Most recently, she served for 13 years as the Director of Fine & Performing Arts for North Shore Schools where she led the Department to award-winning status. Further, she was a founding member of the Arts Angels, a nonprofit arts advocacy organization committed to supporting the arts in the school district and strengthening community ties to the arts. She demonstrated collaborative management skills as well as strict budget management to achieve the highest results and accountability to the school community. While leading our school district's arts department to county and statewide renown, she also took time to volunteer in the Village, maintaining the plantings in the Municipal Parking lot, keeping them vibrant, interesting and watered. Most importantly to me, her successes in all of these endeavors have resulted in large part from her ability to understand, reach out to and connect with the community she serves. I’m excited to vote for Terryl on March 20th and grateful that she is willing to bring her 30 years of government service experience to the Sea Cliff Village Board of Trustees.