Manhasset heads to the polls in five uncontested village elections Tuesday

Manhasset heads to the polls in five uncontested village elections Tuesday
Flower Hill Village Hall in the Village of Flower Hill on May 26, 2023. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

Manhasset residents from five of its villages will be heading to the polls Tuesday to vote in a series of uncontested races.

The villages of Flower Hill, Munsey Park, Plandome, Plandome Heights and Plandome Manor will be hosting elections that encompass mayors, trustees and village justice, all featuring a single candidate running for each seat.

Flower Hill

The Village of Flower Hill will be holding an uncontested election with all incumbents in the seats up for a vote seeking re-election.

Five positions will be featured on Flower Hill’s March 19 ballot: mayor, three trustees and a village justice.

Incumbents Mayor ​​Randall Rosenbaum, Trustee Claire Dorfman, Trustee Gary Lewandowski, Trustee Arthur “AJ” Smith and Village Justice Dennis Reisman. All candidates are running under the Flower Hill Party.

Rosenbaum was first elected as Flower Hill’s mayor in 2022, replacing former Mayor Brian Herrington in an uncontested election.

Rosenbaum’s tenure with the village goes beyond his time as mayor, previously serving as a deputy mayor, trustee and a member of the Zoning Board.

This will be Smith’s first election after coming onto the board last May to fill a vacancy.

Flower Hill’s March 19 election will be held at its village hall at 1 Bonnie Heights Road from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Munsey Park

A ballot also featuring an election of two incumbent trustees is the Village of Munsey Park.

Trustees Regina Im and Gregory LiCalzi Jr. are running for another two-year term on the board. Both joined the board as trustees in 2020.

Im and LiCalzi are both running under the Residents for a Better Munsey Park Party,

Munsey Park elections will be held from 12-9 p.m. on Tuesday at Munsey Park’s village hall, located at 1777 Northern Blvd.


Four positions will be on the Village of Plandome’s ballot: the mayor and three trustees.

Mayor John Kurkjian is seeking to be elected to his seat, which he was appointed to following former Mayor Thomas S. Minutillo’s resignation in August. Kurkjian was serving as a trustee of the village prior to the appointment.

The mayoral election would be for a single-year term to finish the uncompleted term left by Minutiillo.

Damien Quinn assumed the vacated trustee position left by the now-Mayor Kurkjian in August and is seeking to be elected to his seat for a one-year term to finish that uncompleted term.

Village Trustees Robert Broderick and James Corcoran are both running to be re-elected for another two-year term on the board.

The Village of Plandome’s election will be held from 12-9 p.m. on Tuesday at the village hall, which is located at 65 South Drive.

Plandome Heights

The Village of Plandome Heights’ election features a mayor and three trustees on the ballot as well. All elected positions, which are uncontested, are for a two-year term.

Mayor Kenneth C. Riscica is running to be re-elected to the position he has held since 2012.

Riscica joined the board as a trustee in 2008, saying he decided to serve after his neighbors asked him to bring his business expertise to the village. He said within two years, the village had turned around its deficits into surpluses.

He is a 40-year licensed certified public accountant who previously served as a partner at a top international accounting firm and then as chief financial officer of two Nasdaq small-cap companies. He now operates a consulting business.

Trustees Mary Hauck and Kristina Lobosco, who first took office in 2022, are also running for re-election.

Both incumbent trustees highlighted the work they were able to achieve in their first terms in their candidate statements, such as obtaining grants, controlling costs and repaving roads.

Hauck is a retired educator who has lived in Manhasset for more than 40 years.

Lobosco, who was born in Manhasset, moved to Plandome Heights after two decades in New York City. She said her service on the board represents residents with young children as she has a child in Shelter Rock Elementary School.

A newcomer to the village’s election is Eric Carlson, who is running for his first term as trustee. Carlson previously served on the village’s Planning Board and the Board of Zoning Appeals since 2018.

Carlson is a lifelong resident of Plandome Heights, who has also raised his own family in the village. He is an attorney working in commercial real estate investment and development.

“Simply put, I care deeply about our village and its relevance in the broader Manhasset community, and I’m excited to be a part of shepherding the village in the coming years,” Carlson wrote in his candidate statement.

He is seeking to replace Trustee Florence Musalo, who is not running for re-election to the board.

All candidates are running under the Alliance Party.

Plandome Heights’ election will be held from 12-9 p.m. on Tuesday at its village hall, located at 37 Orchard St.

Plandome Manor

The Village of Plandome Manor will be hosting an election for two trustees, with incumbents Antonio DeSousa and Patricia O’Neill running uncontested to resume their service on the board for another two-year term.

Both trustees are running under the People’s Party.

The Village of Plandome Manor elections will be held from 12-9 p.m. on Tuesday at Manor Village Hall, located at 55 Manhasset Ave.

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