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Bronxville School Board Candidate: Banker Kurt Fuchs

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Daily Bronxville will run candidate profiles on all four candidates running for two seats on the seven-member Bronxville School Board of Trustees before the May 15 election. Each candidate was asked the same questions. The candidates are scheduled to appear at a debate 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bronxville Public Library.

Kurt Fuchs, 46, is in a three-way contest with Jeffrey Rohr and William Rizzo for the school board seat being vacated by current Trustee Richard Rugani, who is stepping down after serving three three-year terms. Incumbent Chris Atayan is also running unopposed for a second term to his post, which expires June 30.

Fuchs has resided in Bronxville for two years, is a third-generation banker and works for the hedge fund International Investment Group.

Tell us about yourself and your family.

I live in Bronxville with my wife, Christine, and our one son.

Why are you running for the Bronxville School Board?

As a Bronxville resident, I want to be a part of the discussion on the schools and the community.

What qualifies you to be a school board member?

My background has provided a lot of oversight to several organizations similar to what this role would be. I worked for more than 10 years at Brown Brothers Harriman and was a board member to several of their subsidiaries.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

It gets to why I want to serve, to be part of the discussion. One of the issues is the flooding remediation.

If something had to be cut from the budget to meet the state tax cap, what would you cut?

Not knowing the entire menu, we need to be smart about what we cut while taking into consideration the common collective.

What are the three biggest issues facing the schools today?

Two of them have been getting a lot of press already, the auditorium and flooding remediation. And state mandated costs – it’s an entitlement program.

If elected, what would you do to address them?

Being part of the discussion will lead to what we will do, the action. It’s preliminary to add anything further.

Bronxville has not had a contested school board race in 10 years and your candidacy was not endorsed by the Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees. Does that impact your candidacy?

I think we are all on equal footing. I think the Non-Partisan Committee process is an important one and a successful one. I think Bronxville is lucky of have so many people raise their hands and volunteer for this position.

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