Craig Gardy

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Craig Gardy
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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'sThe American University
J.D.Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
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Craig Gardy 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.


Craig Gardy is a resident of Suffolk County, New York. Gardy earned his bachelor's degree in finance from The American University and his J.D. degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1994. He is employed as a litigation attorney with Bruce Montague & Partners.[1][2]



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


Craig Gardy 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.[3]


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


Gardy did not file a campaign finance report with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[4][5]


Gardy did not receive any endorsements during the election.

Campaign themes


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

If elected as a Board of Education Trustee I pledge to put superior educational opportunities at the center of every issue, while being mindful of the taxpayers. Issues that are important to me include:

1. Transparency and easy access to district information.

2. Working with the administration to tailor the Common Core curriculum so that it aligns with the values of the HHH community.

3. Establishing a robust and successful educational volunteer program, whereby we take advantage of community residents to help before and after school.

4. Bring back 9 periods to Middle School[6]

—Craig Gardy campaign website, (2014)[7]

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.[8] Half Hollow Hills Central is the 15th-largest school district in New York, serving 9,868 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[9]


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.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
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[10]
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.[11][12]

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