Piñeyro is concerned that school districts, including Hempstead, Freeport, Uniondale and Roosevelt, have seen a steady decline in state funding, causing the cancellation of many elective classes, including arts and sports programs. Some schools, she said, also have had to lay off teachers, leading to increased class size. “It’s a trickle-down effect,” said Piñeyro, who would advocate for more funding for district schools. Piñeyro said she also would focus on outreach to young people in her district, which has a high rate of gun violence. She plans to increase the number of downtown youth centers and would seek more funding for after-school jobs.
Piñeyro, 40, of Freeport, is running in a Democratic primary. Born in the Dominican Republic, Piñeyro’s family moved to Freeport when she was a child. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Loyola College in Maryland in 1998 and a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies and micro- and macro-economics from Hofstra University in 1999 and 2000, respectively. In 2002, she became the youngest member of the Freeport Board of Education. Piñeyro served three terms, including as board president. In 2009, Piñeyro became the first Latina elected as a Freeport Village trustee and was re-elected in 2013. Piñeyro is chief compliance officer of United Northern Mortgage Bankers in Levittown. She is married with three children.