Press Release: Deb is a Candidate for Sea Cliff Trustee


Deborah McDermott Announces For Sea Cliff Village Board. Emphasizes Her Independent Voice

Sea Cliff, NY – February 17, 2017

A team of Sea Cliff citizens has gathered over 250 nominating signatures in five days (with a snow storm) to meet the deadline to get Deb McDermott on the ballot for Village Trustee in the upcoming March 21 election. Deb, a candidate from the Sea Cliff Open Government Party, is running as an independent voice for the Sea Cliff Village Board. “I am offering the people in Sea Cliff a choice. I have a different background, experience and community ties from the other candidates. My expertise in communications would serve the community by helping to bring more openness to our government, supporting people’s need to be well informed and fostering productive dialogue between the community and the Board,” she states.

Over her 14-year career at IBM as a communications professional, Deb worked as an executive speech writer, collaboration strategist, writer, and editor. There during some of the highest growth years in the Software Group segment of the company, she lead the integration of communications teams from several companies purchased by IBM. She also managed quarterly financial reporting communications to internal audiences.

Deb is currently the Chair of the North Shore Board of Education’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC). She has served on the committee since 2012 and was Secretary for two years prior to becoming Chair. LAC advocates for North Shore Schools on complex legislative issues that effect educational policy and funding of the schools. Key to North Shore’s Legislation Night” which brought together all of our local representatives to share information about issues that matter most to the residents of the school district, Deb helped build the relationship between government leaders and their constituents.

Deb was instrumental in forging a coalition with Garden City and Manhasset School Districts’ Legislative Action Committees, to share resources and strengthen influence on issues the three districts have in common. As a coalition, this group has hosted a small group discussion with all the state lawmakers representing these districts, as well as a meeting with the State Commissioner of Education and the Regent representing Nassau County. Deb has focused on ensuring that these advocacy efforts have also successfully opened communications and built relationships with leaders who can affect change.

Prior to her advocacy work, Deb built the Sea Cliff School PCA’s website when her first child was in kindergarten, and was an active member of the District and School Nutrition Committees. When she first moved to Sea Cliff, she volunteered to compile the Calendar section of the Sea Cliff Village Bulletin. In collaboration with a retired teacher and fellow mother to young children, she started a Family Mindfulness Group at St. Luke’s Church.

Deb graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Philosophy. She was an editor of the school paper and captain of the Swimming and Diving Team, where she earned NCAA All-American and Academic All-American recognition. In 2014, she was inducted into Wellesley’s inaugural class of the Athletics Hall of Fame.

A 12-year resident of Sea Cliff, Deb and her husband Dan have two kids: Aquinnah who is 9 and a fourth grader and Cooper who is 7 and a second grader both at Sea Cliff School. The kids keep the parents busy with music and sports commitments. The family enjoys kayaking together in Hempstead Harbor, exploring Sea Cliff beach, playing in all the parks, and the warm, friendly community of neighbors that is uniquely Sea Cliff.

“Sea Cliff stands out as a special place where real community thrives. We walk our kids to school, we gather with friends and neighbors on our sports fields, in our parks and in our homes. Families remain here for generations, passing down their love of our precious village. It is because of my love of this community and my heartfelt desire to contribute to the good of the Village, that I am offering my skills, experience, insight and perspective, as a candidate for Sea Cliff Village Trustee,” she said.

Voting for two Trustee positions and Mayor in Sea Cliff takes places on Tuesday March 21. Voting will take place at the Sea Cliff Children’s Library. Polls are open from noon until 9:00 p.m.

Find out more about Deb at or on her Facebook page Deb McDermott for Sea Cliff Village Trustee.