Written by By Karen Gellender Monday, 14 May 2012 17:18
Syosset School District has posted a notice on its website that Mr. Jeffrey Lafazan, father of school board candidate Josh Lafazan, removed district election original records. According to the notice, Lafazan removed the records without permission and ran away, and a chase with security ensued. However, according to Mr. Lafazan, he was manipulated to take the records out of the building, with no knowledge that they were the originals, so that the district could allege that he knowingly stole them.
Mr. Lafazan told Anton Newspapers Monday evening, May 14 that he was given the absentee ballot records by a clerk, who then walked out of the room, at which point he walked to his car; he went on to say that security footage, if available, will confirm that no chase took place. When Lafazan became aware that the district had accused him of stealing the records online and in automated calls to residents, his wife tried to return said records, only to find the school on lockdown due to a bomb threat.
Jericho School District was also on high alert due to a bomb threat on Monday. If the bomb threat was legitimate, that means both Jericho and Syosset School Districts received a bomb threat on the same day.
Syosset School District refuses to speak to the Syosset-Jericho Tribune about this matter, only offering the statement already posted on the district website. Lafazan believes that this alleged theft, which led to automated calls throughout the district to inform residents that Lafazan had “stolen” the papers, is a last ditch attempt by a desperate administration to smear Lafazan’s son’s name in the community on the eve of the election.