Sunshine Elected School Board President

Do you think the "mob rule" comment was out of line?

The Glen Cove Board of Education's when trustee Joel Sunshine made a comment cautioning against the board's decisions being too swayed by public opinion, calling it a "slippery slope toward mob rule."

Residents in the audience took offense, and the topic came up again this week after .

Do you think Sunshine's comment should have weighed more heavily on board members' voting? Did it warrant the response it got from some in the community? 

cc July 05, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Just remember where the sun does not shine.
No Sunshine July 05, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Does anyone do any background checking ??? Voters need to look at their full record, which should include character, fitness and credibility for the representation of our children. Public records reveals that Mr. Sunshine and his firm have been sued several times and have an unpaid judgment against them for not performing legal work it was paid to perform. The Nassau County Bar association and the grievance committee also have complaints filed with them requesting his disbarment. These are things that should be looked at.
No Sunshine July 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
@11452 - The parents will be very sorry with this vote. Was there a fix here or what ? what trash does he spew that would ever get him on the board to begin with ? people need to do their homework, background info. should have been obtained from public records. --- Isn't there a old joke.. " what is a thousand lawyers at the bottom of the ocean ? a good start" --- @ 11452 How in the world would a pompous ass, arrogant rude individual help our CHILDREN or our schools ?
LillieAnne July 05, 2012 at 04:15 PM
No the question is...how do we get him off !!!!! Lets all get together and protest this and have him removed !!!!!
No Sunshine July 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
@LillieAnne - Yes, sound like a plan, pass the word on !! re-vote, re-count etc. must be done!
No Sunshine July 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Here is just sample of what Sunshine is ALL about. Trying to take a senior citizens home who has Cancer !! Yeah, this is who we want in our schools for our children NO WAY. East Hampton Woman In Fight To Keep Her Home Publication: The East Hampton Press By Rohma Abbas Apr 24, 2012 4:42 PM Apr 24, 2012 5:22 PM At the end of Mile Hill Road, overlooking Northwest Harbor, there is an old house, with hallways full of furniture, floors strewn with family photographs, a pile of seashells on a wrap-around porch and a lone ancient cedar tree out front. This is the former Camp St. Regis in East Hampton. It is also the place Kathleen Kennedy has been fighting to keep her home, despite a mound of legal debt she’s accumulated battling a family feud over the last six years.
Glen Cove Resident and Voter July 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Has anything yet been decided about Michael Israel's position?
Micah Danney (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Israel was approved, story here: http://patch.com/A-vJn9
LillieAnne July 05, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Oh yes, No Sunshine...already on it :)
LillieAnne July 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
WOW !!! Class act guy huh?! I was present at the meeting when he called some of the very same people who supported him "the mob" He is not for the people og Glen Cove nor is he for the children of our community!! He has niether morals or respect for the any of us and had proved that time and time again. Thank you "No Sunshine" for sharing for what we already knew....he is despicable !!!
cc July 06, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Maybe we should look further into why GC schools are not a selling point for people looking for a home on the north shore. Sunshine on our schools????
No Sunshine July 08, 2012 at 03:35 PM
It started when Ms. Kennedy, today 62 and battling breast cancer, hired attorneys about five years ago to fight her oldest brother, Donald Kennedy, in an attempt to remove his name from the deed after he said he wanted to sell what remains of the property the family once ran as a summer camp. But now, legal debt that Ms. Kennedy has accumulated in the legal fight with her brother, is her biggest obstacle to staying in the house, she said. The Garden City law firm Sunshine and Feinstein claims she owes it about $200,000—about the value of her share of the home, she said. “They told me if I would fire them they would sue me and ruin me and that’s what they did,” Ms. Kennedy said. Ms. Kennedy said she believes the attorneys preyed on her, knowing the value of her share and using it against her by asking for legal fees in the amount of about $157,235, not including interest. The lawyers, Brian Feinstein and Joel Sunshine, vehemently denied that there was any wrongdoing on their part, and said that their fees represent the hours they spent fighting a legal battle with Ms. Kennedy that didn’t need to be fought. The firm was first hired around December 2006, Ms. Kennedy estimated, to remove her brother’s name from the deed. She claimed he never should have been on it.
No Sunshine July 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
(contin) In January 2007, she paid the firm $10,000 as part of a retainer agreement, although she says she never signed a document officially hiring it. She said she verbally fired the law firm in April 2007, claiming it didn’t do simple work necessary to win the case against her brother. “They didn’t work for me, they worked for themselves,” Ms. Kennedy said. “They could’ve straightened the whole thing out in one afternoon with two phone calls.” Shortly after she fired the lawyers, she said they sent her a bill for $23,000 in June or July 2007, which she disputed. The two parties went to trial in Nassau County Supreme Court in October. Ms. Kennedy represented herself through a portion of it. Tracy Carey, a friend of Ms. Kennedy, claims the law firm commonly sues clients for money. Ms. Carey claims she never hired the firm to represent her, but that her next-door neighbor, Ted Foscolo, whipped out his phone and dialed up the attorneys not long after bullets hit her home from the Maidstone Gun Club in 2004. She said she was surprised to receive a bill and went to court with the firm after she disputed its legal fees.
No Sunshine July 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
(contin) “They’re clearly using their law licenses as a weapon of mass destruction,” said Ms. Carey. “The term counselor of law is just that. You’re supposed to counsel. You’re supposed to help. You become an attorney because you want to help people.” Ms. Carey claims the firm is suing a list of clients for legal fees in the amount of $921,701.68. But Mr. Feinstein said many of those cases, which were accumulated over the course of 10 to 11 years, have been settled. Mr. Feinsten and Mr. Sunshine tell a different story. They pointed out that they haven’t yet been granted a motion for $134,235 in legal fees owed by Ms. Kennedy—compensation for a lengthy, exhaustive trial against her that they say drained their firm’s resources. After the trial, Mr. Feinstein said the six-member jury quickly issued a unanimous verdict to award the firm $23,000 in legal fees, in a case that the lawyers offered to settle with Ms. Kennedy for $1,500 in lieu of going to trial. Mr. Feinstein said Ms. Kennedy refused on “principle,” and instead the two parties endured a nearly 12-day trial in October.
No Sunshine July 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
(contin) “If you asked my wife, she’d have me and Joel shot for the time we put in,” Mr. Feinstein said. Mr. Sunshine called the accusations against his firm “categorically not true.” http://www.27east.com/news/article.cfm/General-Interest-EH/421653/East-Hampton-Woman-In-Fight-To-Keep-Her-Home courtesy: East Hampton Press - April 24, 2012
patrick drohan July 16, 2012 at 01:49 AM
know the facts of a case before you speak publicly about something. This case has many different aspects you know NOTHING about....
patrick drohan July 16, 2012 at 01:54 AM
what does any of this have to do with the Glen Cove School district? you're just trying to slander a person who has lived in Glen Cove all his life and wants nothing best for his city and schools, this is not the forum for personal vendettas or to air out someone else's dirty laundry, shame on all of you.
GC September 16, 2012 at 02:10 PM
When my family relocated to Long Island last year, it was Mr. Sunshine who convinced us on settling in Glen Cove. Our new employment offer requires us to be on the south shore every week day but Mr. Sunshine's love and overwhelmingly positive attitude towards the City and its residents made us believers and we settled in Glen Cove. Since Mr. Sunshine has been elected to the school board, my family and I have sat back and watched Glen Cove's true colors be revealed. I may not know any of you or your children personally (and frankly, I'm glad I don't) but the way the community has attacked Mr. Sunshine, for being elected to a position that YOU, the residents of Glen Cove, put him in, is truly disturbing and saddening, especially for me and my family. If we adults can't put aside our personal vendettas or social agendas, we have a much bigger problem. This needs to be about the children of Glen Cove and their future, not picking sides in this adult playground battle for being named the "leader" of the clique. It's time we all grow up and look at the bigger picture. I will say, my family and I have decided to leave Glen Cove as we do not want to be a part of a community where someone's last name means more than the issues at stake and the future of my children.


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