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David Rein

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David Rein
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Board member, Newburgh Enlarged City Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 20, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sState University of New York College at Plattsburgh
ProfessionAudiovisual specialist
David Rein was an at-large member of the Newburgh Enlarged City Board of Education in New York. He was first elected in 2004 and he served on the board for three years before losing his re-election bid in 2007. Rein ran unsuccessfully to return to the board on May 20, 2008, and May 20, 2014.[1]


David Rein is a resident of Orange County, New York. Rein earned his bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. Prior to taking his current position as a lead audiovisual specialist with Dentons US LLP in 2012, he worked for Smith Media, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, US Cablevision, TKR/TCI Cable, News 12 Bronx and Rainbow Media, United Jewish Communities, Morgan Stanley, MasterCard, Barclays Capital and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. In 1993, he founded Community Communications, which he operated until it closed in 2012.[2][3]



See also: Newburgh Enlarged City School District elections (2014)


David Rein, incumbents Dawn Fucheck, Mark Levinstein and Thomas Woodhull and six fellow challengers lost to newcomers Kenneth Copertino, Carole Mineo, William Swart and Darren Stridiron for the four at-large seats in the general election on May 20, 2014.

One of the seats up for election was vacated as a result of the death of board member Judith A. McAfee. The candidate who received the most votes but who was not an incumbent, Carole Mineo, received that seat, which carried an unexpired two-year term.[4]


Newburgh Enlarged City School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarole Mineo 14.1% 1,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Copertino 12.7% 1,445
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Swart 11.7% 1,333
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDarren Stridiron 11.2% 1,275
     Nonpartisan George Bowles, Jr. 7.1% 808
     Nonpartisan Dawn Fucheck Incumbent 7% 791
     Nonpartisan Sheila Murphy 6.7% 763
     Nonpartisan Mark Levinstein Incumbent 6.3% 716
     Nonpartisan Runston Lewis 5.7% 652
     Nonpartisan Thomas Woodhull Incumbent 4.4% 503
     Nonpartisan David Rein 3.9% 442
     Nonpartisan Robert Pagliaro 3.8% 427
     Nonpartisan Andres Arestin 2.9% 326
     Nonpartisan Nathan Vesely 2.6% 290
Total Votes 11,372
Source: Newburgh Enlarged City School District, "School & Library Budget Vote and School Board Election - 5/20/14," accessed July 10, 2014


Rein did not file a campaign finance report with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[5][6]


Rein did not receive any endorsements during the election.

Campaign themes


In a survey conducted by the school district, Rein stated that the following should be the district's top priorities in 2014:

NECSD needs to focus it’s attention on providing more instructional dollars and less administrative dollars while reining in fiscal control and insuring longevity in our programs, teachers and staff.[7]

—Newburgh Enlarged City School District candidate survey, (2014), [3]

In an interview with the Times Herald Record, Rein rejected arguments made by Runston Lewis and Sheila Murphy, who claimed that the district should prioritize hiring more minority teachers. In response, Rein stated, "I think all children can succeed as long as their parents are involved and they are energized by quality teachers. I find it offensive to suggest that black teachers and black board members are the answer to Newburgh's problems."[8]

About the district

See also: Newburgh Enlarged City School District, New York
Newburgh Enlarged City School District is located in Orange County, New York
Newburgh Enlarged City School District is located in Orange County, New York. The county seat of Orange County is Goshen, New York. Orange County is home to 375,592 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Newburgh Enlarged City is the 10th-largest school district in New York, serving 11,544 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]


Orange 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 28.7 percent of Orange 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 Orange County was $70,712 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Orange County was 11.7 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Orange County (%) New York (%)
White 82.5 71.2
Black or African American 11.4 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.0
Asian 2.6 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.6 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 18.8 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Orange County[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 80,527 36.54
Republican 72,685 32.98
Independent 11,734 5.32
Constitution 4,118 1.87
Working Families 1,049 0.48
Green 497 0.23
Other 84 0.04
Unaffiliated 49,697 22.54

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[12] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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