District 18 - Joshua A. Lafazan
Upcoming Events :
- January 31st 6pm - 7pm
34 School Street, #B, Bayville, NY 11709
Java with Josh
- February 6th 7pm - 9pm
East Hills Village Hall
209 Harbor Hill Road, Theater Building, East Hills, NY 11576
Presented by Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman
- February 11th 7pm-8pm
Gold Coast Library
50 Railroad Avenue, Glen Head, NY 11545
Java with Josh
- February 25th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Oyster Bay Community Center
58 Church Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Presented by Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin
- March 11th 6pm-8pm
Syosset-Woodbury Community Center
7800 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
CPR Training by Kris Kalendar
- April 8th 6pm-8pm
Glen Head Community Center
200 Glen Head Road, Glen Head, NY 11545
Co-Hosted with Mayor Ryba, Mayor Conway and Mayor Serota
Josh graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management in May 2017, and from the Cornell University ILR School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in May 2016.
Previously, in May 2012, at the age of 18, Josh became one of the youngest elected officials in the history of New York State when he was elected to the Syosset School Board of Education. Josh was elected with 82% of the vote one month before he graduated from Syosset High School, and was re-elected by his constituents in 2015. During his time on the school board, Josh successfully fought for an unprecedented increase in transparency and openness of all school district functions.
Josh’s dedication to community service began before he ran for the school board. In 2011, Josh became the Founder & CEO of Safe Ride Syosset, a community outreach program dedicated to ensuring that no Syosset teenager gets behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, or is the passenger in a car with a drunk driver. Josh and his volunteers safely drove home over 350 students in 2012, and there was not a single teenage drinking and driving accident in Syosset on the nights Safe Ride was operating.
Josh has made fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic his top legislative priority. Since 2013, Josh has served on both the Board of Directors of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), in addition to the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force, where he was appointed by the office of Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
In 2012, Josh was named to the Long Island Press' Power List of the 50 Most Influential People on Long Island. In 2014, he received the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Educators’ Voice Award for School Board Member of the Year. In 2016, Josh was named a recipient of the New York State School Boards Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Josh is also the author of "Political Gladiators: How Millennials Can Navigate the 21st Century Political Minefield and WIN!"