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Editorial: Still Neutral On School Board Elections

Traditionally, the Syosset-Jericho Tribune has not endorsed school board candidates. We still don’t, but I can understand why a front-page story on Josh Lafazan a few weeks before the election might seem like an unofficial endorsement. I wanted to take a moment to clarify our position: we did not profile Mr. Lafazan because we are supporting him over the other candidates. We did a story on him because the Syosset High School 2012 senior class president immediately throwing himself into the race for school board trustee before even seeing his diploma is newsworthy in and of itself, and our primary goal is to report on the news in our community.

We felt, given the uniqueness of Lafazan’s campaign and the community’s interest in this candidate, doing a feature on him was too good an opportunity to pass up. If this has the effect of making the paper appear like it is taking a side, that isn’t the intention: at the end of the day, we’re not going to tell you who we think you should vote for.                 

—K.G.