Nicole Venditti for Merrick Board of Education

Nicole Venditti for Merrick Board of Education


Just got your postcard in the mail. Property taxes for Merrick Schools have exceeded a reasonable amount; (RET = +/- 70% of property tax bill). Merrick Schools' need to contain (and reduce) its budget; executive pay should be reduced dramatically. High property taxes cause excessively high home operating expenses; some properties sell sooner than expected due to high property taxes. Convince the BOE to lower its operating expenses, lowering the mil rate to calculate property taxes due. Also, school tax should be restricted to families with children enrolled in Merrick Schools; senior citizens should not be paying to educate children in grade school. Thanks for listening.
We support Nicole Venditti for the Merrick Board of Education!!!! She is definitely the change we need!!!!!
Best of luck to you in this endeavor Nicole. The Merrick Board of Education will be blessed to have you.

An attorney and mother of three young children seeking to bring her knowledge, experience, dedicatio


Hello friends, I'm seeking your help with a Kiwanis service project. We are collecting packages of new socks to donate to General Needs- an amazing service organization that supports our homeless veterans. This THURSDAY there will be a collection box outside of BIRCH, LAKESIDE and CHATTERTON elementary schools for ONE DAY ONLY! Please consider sending your children to school with a package of socks to drop in the bin on the way inside, or swing by anytime that day to drop off. The bin will be outside of school from 7:00 am-3:30 pm. To learn more about General Needs check out their website:
Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Photos from Nicole Venditti for Merrick Board of Education's post 14/06/2022

Happy Flag Day! Had a great time this morning with my Kiwanis family handing out flag pins.

Timeline photos 30/05/2022

Today we honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Let their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” – Daniel Webster

Journey of Learning 28/02/2022

For parents/guardians of children with special needs and friends of the special needs community: The virtual Bellmore-Merrick transition fair begins tomorrow night, March 1st. There will be wonderful presentation beginning at 6:30 for parents of children who are making the transition from elementary to middle school. Then at 7:00 there will be a presentation on OPWDD eligibility with Long Island Parent to Parent. Click on the link below for more information- you must register to attend. Feel free to message me for more information!

Journey of Learning Presented By:


Parents of children receiving a special education- this will be a great presentation for you!

Come join us!


I cannot believe it’s been almost a year since I ran for the school board. What a year it’s been!! Now it’s time to vote on the 2021-2022 school budget. Please come out and vote on the budget and board trustees TOMORROW. Polls open at the administration building behind Lakeside School at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open until 10:00 p.m. Please come out and support our community!


If you are the parent of a child with special needs and are concerned about planning for your child's financial future... join the Merrick SEPTA zoom meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 pm with attorney Andrew Cohen and Mitch Weisbrot: "How to Protect your Child Legally and Financially." Whether your child is a toddler or a pr***en- it's never too early or too late to start planning. You just have to begin the process- and this is a great way to start. Andrew and Mitch are a great resource and and have helped thousands of families on Long Island (mine included). Please join us and share with friends and family who can benefit.


Happy Fourth of July!


Thank you Merrick! I am blown away by the amount of support we received! Thank you for trusting me with your vote and I promise to work hard for all of you. Congratulations to Jill Levine and Butch Yamali. I look forward to working with both of you and the rest of the Merrick School Board. Best wishes to Erik Bashian, Richard Soleymanzadeh and Lukas Gubba- thank you for getting involved and for running great campaigns. Thank you to my family for loving and supporting me, and for understanding when I'm completely immersed. Special thanks to Michele Floria Lee, Rachel Kantor and Anthony and Tiziana Como for all of your help on the campaign. Thank you to all my friends, neighbors, colleagues, fellow moms and dads! I am honored.

June 16, 2020 Budget Vote and Trustee Election 16/06/2020

UPDATE: Approximately 1,900 of 3,400 ballots counted this evening. Counting to recommence at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. No projections given. Stay tuned!!

It’s time! Counting has commenced and it’s being live broadcasted on the District’s YouTube channel. How great is that? Win or lose, I’m very proud of the campaign that we ran. I hope that I taught my children that it’s good to put yourself out there, to take chances and to stand up for the things you believe in. It’s been a great ride!

June 16, 2020 Budget Vote and Trustee Election


Happy Flag Day!


It’s the final stretch! If you haven’t mailed out your ballot yet, please put it in the mail today. Ballots are due no later than 5pm on Tuesday. Please vote for our school budgets, and I hope that I will have earned your vote for trustee. Your vote counts!!


BREAKING NEWS! Governor Cuomo announced that the deadline for mail-in ballots has been extended to June 16th. The deadline for ballot drop-off at the administration building is still TOMORROW June 9th at 5pm. There is still time to vote! PM us if you need us to deliver your completed ballot.


Happy Friendship Day Merrick! We love our teachers and our schools! ❤️❤️❤️


It's time to vote.


We are excited to announce that ballots are arriving! Please check your mail and vote early! I promise to work hard for every child in our schools and every community member that invests in our District. Thank you!

Meet the Candidates 27/05/2020

Good morning! If you missed Meet the Candidates last night you can watch it here today. Watch us respond to questions so that you can make an informed decision when your ballot arrives. Please feel free to share to your own pages. Have a great day!

Meet the Candidates


Tonight's the night! Our virtual Meet the Candidates Night will begin at 7:00 pm. To view: click on the link in the comments to the District's YouTube channel. To submit questions: email [email protected] prior to the start of the meeting.


Today we remember our brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” - Joseph Rodman Drake


As a Merrick Board of Education trustee, I will be a powerful voice for every taxpayer. I will also be a voice for our children- who are still learning how to use theirs.


We hope everyone is enjoying the gorgeous weather this weekend! Please mark your calendar and watch the mail for your ballots right after Memorial Day. Be sure to fill it out and send it back right away. This is VERY IMPORTANT! BALLOTS RECEIVED AFTER 5PM ON JUNE 9th WILL NOT BE COUNTED! If you wait until June 9th or shortly before to mail your vote it may be too late. Vote as soon as you receive your ballot- make sure your voice is heard!


Went outside and found this on our lawn! Thank you Birch PTA for making our children’s school experience fun and memorable. We are lucky to live in a community where the parents are so involved in our schools.


The biggest issue facing our District is the role of distance learning in the post-COVID society. What started as an emergency measure is now being discussed by lawmakers as a basis for changing the model of education for the future. As a parent, I have first-hand experience implementing distance learning for my elementary-aged children, including a special-needs child, and I have a personal understanding of how the needs of students in different groups can vary. As an advocate and community leader, I am sympathetic to the needs of and can draw upon my relationships with various stakeholders, including children, parents, teachers and other educators and school staff, administrators and taxpayers. As an education attorney, I know and can navigate the legal rules and procedures that will serve as guardrails for any top-down directives or which we will need to consider in connection with any local initiatives. As a SEPTA President, I have worked with school budgets and can draw upon that experience to respond to the economic impact of the crisis which we expect to include cuts to state aid and limitations on other resources. Above all, I will be a voice for those affected by these abrupt changes while advocating for what is in the best interest of the children. I believe that my experience makes me the best candidate to help lead the District through the challenges to come in this difficult time.


Happy Mother's Day!


Announcing My Candidacy for the Merrick Board of Education

My name is Nicole Venditti and I am running for a seat on the Merrick Board of Education. My husband, Daniel (DJ) and I have been Merrick residents for the past 12 years. Our oldest child, Sophia, is in sixth grade at Birch Elementary School along with her youngest brother Frank, who is in first grade. Our son Andrew is in third grade and attends a special program at Lakeside Elementary School. Over the past several years, I have had opportunities to work with and get to know many people from different parts of our town, and I am excited to introduce myself here to members of the community whom I have not yet met personally.

My commitment to serving the community stems from my educational, professional, and personal experiences. After graduating from Long Island University CW Post in 2001 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice, I attended Hofstra University School of Law and graduated in 2004. While in law school I worked at the Hofstra Child Advocacy Clinic, representing children as a law guardian in abuse and neglect proceedings in Nassau and Queens County Family Courts. After law school I was an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County for almost six years, working most of that time in narcotics investigations and organized crime and rackets.

Our family experienced tremendous change after our son Andrew was born in 2011. Within months after he was born, he was diagnosed with a catastrophic form of pediatric epilepsy. Andrew’s seizures eventually were brought under control, but it took two years and multiple brain surgeries and left him with physical and cognitive impairments. Before long, I was immersed in the world of education law. I brought my skills as a negotiator and litigator to advocate for my son to ensure that Andrew had access to an appropriate education and the resources he required to learn and succeed. My experience as a mother and advocate, and Andrew’s incredible success, inspired me to begin my own private law practice dedicated to special education advocacy helping others navigate education law.

I have volunteered for our school community in several different ways, and I am most proud of bringing a Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) to the Merrick School District. I worked to unite parents, teachers, administrators, service providers and other community members to the cause of bringing SEPTA to our community. On May 30, 2018, we chartered the Merrick School District SEPTA, of which I have proudly served as its first President for the past two years. In addition to founding SEPTA, I have lobbied with the legislative section of the New York State PTA in Albany on behalf of our school community, served on school site-based committees, have been a class parent, and participated in the lunch program as a volunteer and chairperson.

Through both my professional and volunteer experience, I believe I have consistently demonstrated the qualities our community needs in a Board of Education Trustee who can be trusted to help guide Merrick through the challenges that lie ahead in a post-COVID world. I also bring the perspective of a parent of current elementary school students—an important stakeholder group not currently represented on the Merrick School Board. I believe it is vital to have that perspective when making policy decisions that affect our children and community, especially in a time where lawmakers are exploring major changes to our current system.

If elected, as a member of the Merrick Board of Education I will study and carefully evaluate policy and programs so that we, as a community, understand and can make informed decisions about the value they will bring to our children’s education. I promise to listen and respond to the concerns of our community and work collaboratively with fellow board members to improve our schools, with serving the best interests of all our children as my guiding principle. I am a tireless advocate who is passionate about our schools and community, and I stand up and fight hard for what I believe is fair and right.

It would be an honor to serve on the Board of Education.

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It's time to vote.
Tuesday is Meet the Candidates!
My experience at Board of Education meetings.
Why I want to serve.
Happy Mother's Day!