John J. Vobis Jr.
BACKGROUND: Vobis, 57, is an attorney specializing in insurance fraud with the Uniondale law firm of Rivkin Radler. He previously worked as a New York State court officer. He is also on the Women's Equality and Reform party lines in the general election. Vobis graduated from LaSalle Academy, a private high school in Manhattan. Vobis earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration and planning and a master of public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in Jamaica, Queens. Vobis was elected to a five-year-term on the Island Park Board of Education in 2015 and has served as board president for three years. He is the president of the Island Park Little League and coaches for the league as well as Oceanside Stallions Roller Hockey League. Vobis is a founding member of the Harbor Isle Residents community activism group that formed after superstorm Sandy. Post-Sandy, he helped lead local volunteer efforts to rebuild a park and replace superstorm-damaged Little League equipment. Vobis, who moved to Island Park in 2001, is married and has three children.
ISSUES: Vobis said that he will “be a tireless advocate for the taxpayers, fighting to relieve the onerous tax burden on the hardworking residents of our community, especially those struggling to make ends meet.” Vobis said that although his election would require resigning from the school board in midterm, he will continue what he called his “commitment to providing a quality public education to our children.” He said he will also make improving school safety a priority. Vobis said that because of his background as a court officer and a member of a public sector union, “I understand the importance of providing for the safety of our community and for the first responders that protect us.” Vobis said, “There is much hard work to do in Albany.” He continued, “I will combat corruption in government and provide the leadership and energy that has been sorely lacking, leading by example to restore faith in our elected officials.”