Adam Kleinberg

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Adam Kleinberg
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Former candidate for
Board member, Half Hollow Hills Central Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sState University of New York at Albany
J.D.Touro Law School
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Adam Kleinberg was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Half Hollow Hills Central Board of Education in New York. He lost the general election on May 20, 2014.


Adam Kleinberg is a resident of Suffolk County, New York. Kleinberg earned his B.A. degree in communications from the State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. degree from Touro Law School in 1999. He is employed as a partner with the Sokoloff Stern LLP law firm.[1]



See also: Half Hollow Hills Central School District elections (2014)


Adam Kleinberg and four other challengers lost to incumbents Diana Acampora, Paul Peller and Betty DeSabato for the three at-large seats in the general election on May 20, 2014. Acampora, Peller and DeSabato ran together as a slate.[2]


Half Hollow Hills Central School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiana Acampora Incumbent 15.8% 1,179
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Peller Incumbent 14.9% 1,116
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBetty DeSabato Incumbent 14.8% 1,106
     Nonpartisan Adam Kleinberg 14.7% 1,097
     Nonpartisan Stephanie Gurin 13.2% 987
     Nonpartisan Matthew Glaser 10.6% 797
     Nonpartisan Alan Lacher 8.8% 661
     Nonpartisan Craig Gardy 7.2% 542
Total Votes 7,485
Source: Half Hollow Hills Central School District, "Home," accessed May 21, 2014


Kleinberg did not file a campaign finance report with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[3][4]


Kleinberg did not receive any endorsements during the election.

Campaign themes


Kleinberg's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2014:

I want to restore and enhance student programs, ensure we continue to attract the best teachers and administrators, and eliminate wasteful spending. I also want to implement greater transparency as far as the ideas, efforts and deliberations of the Board. My expertise in the laws of open government and civil rights will be a great asset to the community in this regard. I have no hidden or special agenda. I believe every taxpayer is entitled to representation, and my goal is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community at large.[5]

—Adam Kleinberg campaign website, (2014)[6]

Kleinberg elaborated on his campaign in a separate post on his campaign website:

I believe we need to utilize the time, talents and energy that members of our community have devoted to learning about and responding to the common core. To ensure that our administrators are acting in line with the values and beliefs of the public, it is vital that we create a specific committee that can focus on programs to educate the community and work on solutions to the common core problems we're faced with. The Board, administration and faculty should be working closely with a committee of community members specific to the common core and its related issues. The committee can use social media and the District website to make the findings and literature easily available to the public. I believe that would go a long way towards trying to reconcile the actions of administration and the opinions and beliefs of the public.

I believe all the challengers are running with the best interests of the community in mind. I try to ignore rumors, but I have heard the same one several times. So I will address it again. I am NOT a petitioner in the article 78 petition brought in court against the district. Neither is my wife. My law firm has absolutely nothing to do with the case. Regardless of my opinion on the manner in which the current board interprets the open meetings law, my wife and I did not feel bringing a lawsuit against the district was the right thing for us personally. I am running for election because I sincerely believe I can help bring about positive changes in the future.

Yes, my wife is one of 58 petitioners who signed a petition with the Commissioner of Education. The petition was filed in November, I believe. It is the product of various community members asking questions, not having them answered, reviewing the BOE’s stated goals and the information presented to the public and believing they did not match up. The petition asked for immediate relief. That was denied. The merits of the petition have not yet been decided.

To me, the question right now is this. If elected, and the school closing decision is somehow overturned, would I vote to reopen Forest Park and close Vanderbilt. The answer is without a doubt NO. The past is in the past and I am concerned about the future. By now, the District has been redistricted, transportation issues have been addressed, and Forest Park students have all been to Vanderbilt for a welcoming celebration that my second grader said was awesome. So I would not look to undo the school closing decision. Of course, I would look to hold the BOE accountable in accordance with any court decision or commissioner decision.[5]

—Adam Kleinberg campaign website, (2014)[6]

About the district

See also: Half Hollow Hills Central School District, New York
Half Hollow Hills Central School District is located in Suffolk County, New York
Half Hollow Hills Central School District is located in Suffolk County, New York. The county seat of Suffolk County is Riverhead, New York. Suffolk County is home to 1,499,738 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[7] Half Hollow Hills Central is the 15th-largest school district in New York, serving 9,868 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]


Suffolk County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.6 percent of Suffolk County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Suffolk County was $87,778 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Suffolk County was 6.1 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Suffolk County (%) New York (%)
White 85.8 71.2
Black or African American 8.2 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 3.7 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 17.3 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Suffolk County[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 317,782 33.17
Republican 312,954 32.66
Independent 44,028 4.60
Constitution 22,240 2.32
Working Families 4,461 0.47
Green 1,746 0.18
Other 460 0.05
Unaffiliated 254,494 26.55

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[10][11]

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