SYOSSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – At only 18-years-old, Joshua Lafazan is now a member of the Board of Education in Syosset.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

His election Wednesday made him the youngest elected official in New York, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

He said his landslide election sent an important message to young people.

“Never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. So many people decided to tell me ‘You couldn’t run for the school board. You’re too young.'” he told Xirinachs.

Lazafan is the first high school student ever elected to the Syosset Board of Education and said it’s a dream come true, and he has more dreams ahead.

“One of the youngest New York State Assemblyman will be a nice achievement as well,” he said.

He said politics is “absolutely” in his future.

Lafazan’s win came despite a controversy involving his father having removed an absentee voter list from district headquarters.

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