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Board of Trustees

Meet our Board:

Berger, Victor, President

Joseph Reiter, Vice President

Anthony Feliciano, Treasurer

George Jacobson, Secretary

Edward Kallen

Olahannan K. Poulose

Ralph Sabatini

Jeffery Sasson 

David Zuckerberg

E-mail the board at nclboard@rcls.org


George Jacobson

When I moved to New City in 1977 one of the first things I did was to get myself a library card.

Over the past 35 years I have seen the library grow into the institution that it is today. My goal is to enable the library to continue to provide the services that I have become accustomed to. In these trying financial times that is no easy task.

My background has been rather diverse. For my first career I was a teacher in the New York City public school system. While working at that job I pursued a Masters in Business Administration at Pace University going to school in the evening. My second career has been as an accountant preparing income tax returns.

Presently I am a member of the Board of Directors for The Rockland Alliance for Health. A 501 c 3 organization whose goal is to make Rockland County the healthiest community in the nation by offering sustainable, high quality public health initiatives built on strong local partnerships. While this organization is only 3 years old we have already been able to achieve some of our goals.

 

Olahannan K. Poulose

Olahannan Poulose resides in Congers. Olahannan is a graduate of Indian Technical College of Engineering, Diploma in Automotive Engineering, and has completed much course work in management and supervision. Currently, Olahannan is a supervisor for the New York City Transit Authority and has been with the NYCTA since 1993.

Olahannan is a member of the Congers Civic Association and serves on many social and political organizations in Rockland County.  He is also a committee member of the Indian Chamber of Commerce, New York.  He is a Council Member (USA) of the Indian Orthodox Church and has also been the past Secretary and Treasurer of  St. Mary's Church in Valley Cottage.

In addition to local organizations, Olahannan serves on many national and international groups.  He is President of the Federation of Indian Associations of North America (FOKANA).  He is a founding member and past president of the Indian American Political Action Committee. He was President of the Hudson Valley Malayalee Association (HVMA) in 1999.  In serving in many leadership positions, he has received many awards and commendations.

Victor Berger

Victor Berger has lived with his family in New City since 1972.  His son and daughter were active patrons of the library growing up here, and his daughter, who now lives in New City with her family, continues with her husband and two children  as active patrons.

Victor is an attorney at law, a 1964 graduate of Brooklyn Law School with an LLB, and holds a BA from Brooklyn College.  After a two year period of practicing with the FCC in Washington, DC, he practiced corporate and international law for more than 32 years in the US, S, America, Europe and Asia with a major multi-national conglomerate.  Since retiring in 1998, he has consulted with companies and law firms in Europe and the Caribbean on corporate matters, intellectual property, and mergers/acquisitions.  Victor also served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1961 through 1966.      

Victor is serving as a Trustee to help insure the continued availability of  the general public informational library services for the benefit of, and the free use by, the members of the community.

 

Edward P. Kallen


ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT 

  • 2012 ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS LAW 

School of Business

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, New York

COURT EMPLOYMENT

• 2006-2011:   PRINCIPAL LAW CLERK, Supreme Court: State of New York, County of Rockland.

As Principal Law Clerk I was responsible for researching and analyzing complex and difficult legal issues for the Supreme Court Judge and making recommendations regarding same. My duties also included the drafting of judicial decisions, orders and memoranda of law, as well as preparing jury charges. I conferred with lawyers on unusual or complex proceedings and reviewed legal documents filed in connection with such cases. Within permissible ethical and legal limits, I also advised lawyers who made inquiries regarding issues of law or procedure.

• 1974-76:   LAW SECRETARY TO FAMILY COURT JUDGE - Family Court: State of New York, Rockland County

As Law Secretary, my responsibilities were substantially similar to the responsibilities I had as a Clerk to Supreme Court Judge.

PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT

• 1979-2005 and 2012:    EDWARD P. KALLEN P.C., Attorney

For 26 years, I maintained offices in New City and NYC for the general practice of law. EDWARD P. KALLEN P.C. handled a broad range of matters with an emphasis on matrimonial and family law cases. The practice also included contracts, torts, real estate and real estate related matters, consumer bankruptcy, wills and estates, and miscellaneous commercial matters. I practiced in virtually all courts of the State of New York as well as in the United States District Court for both the Southern and Eastern Districts. After working in the New York State Court System, I resumed the private practice of law as of January 1, 2012.

• 1978-79:   PHILLIPS NIZER BENJAMIN KRIM & BALLON

Attorneys at Law

New York, New York

Associate Attorney

• 1976-78:   BRENT, PHILLIPS, DRANOFF & DAVIS

Attorneys at Law

Nanuet, New York

Associate Attorney

• 1972-74:   GRANIK GARSON SILVERMAN & NOWICKI

Attorneys at Law

New City, New York

Associate Attorney

 

EDUCATION:

 

  • PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

University Park, Pennsylvania,

Bachelor of Science

Major in Finance

  • BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL

Brooklyn, New York

(Evening Division)

Juris Doctor

 

 

  • ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

Jamaica, New York

Teacher Education Program

 

  •  FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

Graduate School of Education

Lincoln Center, New York

 

 

 

COURT ADMISSIONS:

 

New York State: Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (1972).

 

Federal: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1973).

 

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Rockland Community College

Business Department

Adjunct Instructor in Business Law

September 1974 through 1982

 

  • Board of Education - City of New York

Teacher - (Grades 7 and 8)

September 1968 through November 1971

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:

 

  • New York University

School of Continuing Education

Seminar leader - Legal Seminars for non-lawyers, Summer 1995

 

  • Rockland Community College

Office of Instructional and Community Services - Lifelong Learning Program, Seminar leader - Legal Seminars for non-lawyers, Spring, 1993 / Winter, 1995

 

  • Lawyers in the Classroom, 1978-79

 

Developed a program through the Rockland County Bar Association with the support of the New York State Bar Association to bring practicing lawyers into school classrooms as a resource for teachers of social studies.

 

 

OTHER:

 

• Trustee - New City (New York) Library - 2011 to present.

 

• Active member of both the New York State Bar Association and the Rockland County Bar Association - (Chair, Public Relations Committee).

 

• Arbitrator - Civil Court of the City of New York - 1999 - 2005.

 

• Former Arbitrator - Better Business Bureau of Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties, Inc.

 

• Member or former member of the following Boards of Directors: Rockland County Civil Liberties Union; Temple Beth Sholom, New City, New York; Rockland County Association for the Visually Impaired; Clarkstown (Rockland County) Young Democrats; Greater New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Three Miles of Men); Law Guardian Advisory Committee for the Ninth Judicial District; New City Little League.

 

WHO’S WHO IN AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES; Published by Randall Publishing Company, 1971.

 

WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW, Published by Marquis Who’s Who Incorporated, First Edition, 1978.

 

• Formerly New York State Certified Guardian ad Litem.

 

• Race Director, 1992 - ‘RACE FOR THE CURE’, the annual signature event for The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national organization committed to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

 

• New York State Licensed Teacher - Certification area: Social Studies 7 - 12

 

• Rated Attorney, (BV) Martindale-Hubbell, legal publisher. Recognized for legal expertise and professional stature through a confidential peer review by members of the Bar.

 

  • Member of the Clarkstown Democratic Committee.

 

  • Candidate for Rockland County Family Court Judge - 2011

 

  • Found QUALIFIED for Family Court Judge by Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission (2nd Judicial Dept.) - 2011

 

  • Found QUALIFIED for Family Court Judge by Rockland County Bar Association,d Judicial Screening Committee.

 

David Zuckerberg

David Zuckerberg was born in Brooklyn, raised on long Island, and is a 38-year resident of Rockland County. He and Doris, his wife of 42 years, raised two sons who attended Clarkstown public schools and learned the value of the public library from story hour to research projects. For the past 2 years he has served as a trustee of the Ramapo Catskill library System representing Rockland County. As an RClS Board member he serves on the Advocacy & Fund Raising Committee and the Personnel & Finance Committee.

Dave is a retired scientist and business executive, and was for many years an adjunct faculty member in the-Mathematics Department of Dominican College. He is presently a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. As a business executive, he was responsible for hundreds of employees in North America, Europe and ASia, and tens of millions of dollars in annual expenditures. Among his responsibilities was management ofthe research library where he emphasized technical upgrades and service to "customers."

Dave was vice-president of Friends of Dutch Garden County Park. In that role, he met frequently with county and state park officials and legislators, and helped obtain funding for "the historic restoration ofthis local Jewel, only half a mile from his New City home. He is a 37-year member of New City Jewish Center, and was for many years a baseball and soccer coach in
the Clarkstown Recreation league.

Dave has been active in the Youth in Engineering and Science (YES) program at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, which encourages young people from disadvantaged and historically underrepresented groups to pursue technical careers. As a business leader, he instituted a laboratory internship program for inner-city high school students.

Dave is a member of the New York State Historical Association and the Archives Partnership Trust. He has received tours of the State library and State Archives; viewing their incredible treasures reinforced his belief in the importance of libraries not just as educational institutions but as guardians of our civilization.

 

Ralph Sabatini

Mr. Sabatini has more than 40 years' expelience as a business and financial professional, serving as Chief Financial Officer for 3 different companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has consulted on financial matters with small, medinm and large companies, both public and private. Mr. Sabatini has  lived in New City for more than 35 years and ran for Clarkstown Supervisor in 2011. He currently serves on the board of Rivertown Filmss, a community oriented "not for profit" association. He believes that our library can offer more service to our community by encouraging and hosting more and more varied presentations and events at the Iibl'ary, while still controlling its costs. His extensive experience in finance, accounting, information systems, purchasing and administration will be placed at the disposal of the Library Director and should prove to be a great asset to the New City Library.

 

 

Jeffery Sasson

Jeffrey Sasson is currently Vice President of Experience Integration at Liberty Science Center. Liberty Science Center is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The mission of Liberty Science Center is to get learners of all ages excited about the power and promise of science and technology. Within this mission we strive to reach all students, especially the at-risk learner. We achieve these goals by providing both students and educators alike with rich STEM hands-on educational programming that aligns with the new CORE curriculum now being adopted by our school systems.

Mr. Sasson has over twenty years experience as a senior executive with near six of those years at Liberty Science Center. As a division VP, Jeff is responsible for the departments that most directly drive museum attendance, earned revenues, and the resulting overall guest experience. The nine departments reporting to Jeff include: Marketing and Communications, Group Relations and Sales, Box Office/Guest Services, Guest Engagement, Featured Experiences, Volunteer Development, Special Events/Facilities Rental, contracted-Dining Services and contracted Retail Services. Prior to joining Liberty Science Center,
other well-known brands where Jeff served as a senior corporate executive include Compass Group USA,
Six Flags Theme Parks, Discovery Zone and Fresh Direct.

Mr. Sasson earned his bachelor's degree from Pace University. Mr. Sasson has been a resident of Clarkstown since 1985 and a resident of New City since 1993. Jeff is also a past president of the Congers Civic Association. Mr. Sasson views the New City Library as a vital resource to our community: A community resource that requires collaborative, strategic and responsive stewardship from its trustees. Mr. Sasson's rich management experience would allow him to be a meaningful contributor of ideas and solutions to the ci'lallenges that present themselves to a library of our size and complexity. As a trustee of the library, Mr. Sasson would help ensure the library is positioned to meet its promise of today while preparing to engage the future.