Incumbents run unopposed in in North Hills election

Incumbents run unopposed in in North Hills election
The Village of North Hills will be holding an election on June 20. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, license:

Mayor Marvin Natiss, Trustee and Deputy Mayor Dennis Sgambati, Trustee Gail Cohen and Village Justice Jerome Reisman are all running unopposed for their current seats in North Hill’s June 20 election.

Natiss will be seeking his sixth term on the board, wrapping up 20 years on the Board of Trustees. He previously served as the village justice for 10 years.

He is a practicing attorney at Natiss & Gordon, P.C., a law firm in Roslyn Heights where he partners with his daughter.

Natiss said serving on the board has been a satisfying experience that enables him to give back to his community. He said the residents and their input have inspired him to continue serving.

He said going forward he wants to ensure the village’s safety.

Sgambati, a Vietnam veteran, was initially appointed to fill a vacancy on the board and is seeking his sixth re-election after serving for 22 years. He has been deputy mayor since 2003.

Sgambati said that he has enjoyed the community service aspect of his position on the board. He said he has been passionate about securing park funds for the village.

He said he is looking forward to continuing the work he has done for the past 22 years.

“Whatever comes up, I’m available,” Sgambati said.

Cohen is running for her fourth term, after taking over the vacancy left by her late husband in 2011. She said that in her past work and going forward, she works to perpetuate her husband’s legacy.

She is an advertising production cost consultant, working in the profession for the past 33 years.

During her tenure on the board, Cohen said she has prioritized residents’ safety, offering effective shuttle services, refurbishing parks and implementing radar speed signs.

“Village government is the closest to our local residents,” Cohen said, “so we can help provide initial service to our residents which is most important.”

She said the whole board wants to help make the community better, and they work together in an effective and collaborative fashion. She said they are keen to hear residents’ input and opinions.

“The big thing is listening and then helping to provide good counsel,” Cohen said.

Reisman was appointed as the village justice in December 2018 to fill a vacancy and was elected for his current term in June 2019. This would be his second election, but he is seeking a third term.

He is one of the three founding partners of Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco in Garden City and heads the firm’s Business and Financial Services practice groups. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1967.

Reisman is noted for his legal representation of numerous victims of swindler Bernie Madoff, who stole millions from his investors.

Efforts to contact Resiman were unavailing.

All candidates are running under the Homeowner Party. All officers serve four-year terms.

The election will be held from noon to 9 p.m. June 20 at the North Hills village hall at One Shelter Rock Road.

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