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George Shebitz (1947-2006)


George Shebitz (1947-2006)

George was nationally recognized as a leading expert on education law. He began his public service as counsel and Deputy Director of the Office of Legal Services for the New York City Board of Education with then-Chancellor Frank Macchiorola. He worked tirelessly, selflessly and compassionately to protect the rights of children, persons with disabilities and the mistreated everywhere. He was a frequent presenter at law and education seminars, as well as a lecturer at Bank Street College of Education and Fordham University. He served as a Member of Governor Cuomo’s Task Force on Youth and Criminal Justice.

George’s good work touched many lives. There was a special place in his heart, both in his legal and philanthropic work, for children with special needs and programs designed to help meet their educational goals, in recognition that everyone was entitled to a free and appropriate education. George and his wife Randi have been the recipients of numerous honors and awards. For the purpose of brevity only four are highlighted: Humanitarian of the Year by the Rockland Jewish Family Services; Humanitarian Award by the Association for the Advancement of the Blind and Retarded; Humanitarian of the Year and Board of Trustees Emeritus of the Rockland Country Day School; and Individual of the Year by P’Tach, a nationwide special education program. George sat on numerous boards of not-for profit corporations; including educational institutions ranging from early childhood programs to degree granting colleges, entertainment boards providing opportunities to young men and women, and entities serving the adult mentally retarded populations.