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Paul Egan

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Paul Egan is originally from Blackrock, Co. Dublin. He is the eldest of three children of Sean and Joan Egan. He graduated from University College, Dublin with a B.A. in history and politics and an M.A. in History. He married Maura Castaldo from Stony Point, N.Y. and then emigrated to the United States.

Paul began his teaching career at Immaculate Conception School in the South Bronx and then moved to M.S. 113 in District 11 where he taught Social Studies for 11 years. He began his union activities at M.S. 113 as a union delegate and then in his second year became the chapter leader.

While at M.S. 113, he won a James Madison Fellowship in 1995 and received a degree from St. John’s University specializing in the American Constitution. He went on to earn an M.A. and an M. Phil. from the Graduate School (CUNY) in Political Science.

In 2005, he became a Special Representative for the United Federation of Teachers. Two years later he became District 11 Representative. In May of 2009, he became the U.F.T. Director of Legislation & Political Action responsible for the union’s political activities.

Paul serves on the U.F.T. Executive Board and on the New York State United Teachers Board of Directors. He is a delegate to the NYSUT, AFT, and the NEA conventions.

Paul kissed the Blarney Stone on a school trip when he was young and in 1988 the power of the stone was evident when he set a World Record for the Longest After-Dinner Speech for which he was acknowledged in the Guinness Book of World Records. Making Strides Against Cancer Walk.

In 1978, I started my nursing career as a new graduate at Peninsula Hospital Center, where I worked as a staff nurse for a few years until I took a position in the Emergency Department. It was in the Emergency Department where I began to find my niche in life, advancing to head nurse and ultimately Director of the Emergency Department and Family Health Center. While managing the Emergency Department fulltime, I returned to school and received a BS in Health Administration from St Joseph’s and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Long Island University. In 1995, I became a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society. My dream of becoming a nurse practitioner became a reality when I graduated from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000 as a family Nurse Practitioner. I am ever so grateful to my family for their utmost support, patience and encouragement and to Dr. David I. Lichtenstein who was an inspiration and an outstanding preceptor. I have since worked in Dr. Lichtenstein’s practice as a family nurse practitioner for the last 10 years where I am happy to see, evaluate and treat many Rockaway residents who are not only patients, but also good friends.

My husband Frank and I have been married for 29 years. We have two wonderful children, our daughter Victoria, who recently married Brien Magee, and our son Frankie.

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