Port residents head to polls to vote in uncontested elections

Port residents head to polls to vote in uncontested elections
Baxter Estates Village Hall. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Residents of three Port Washington villages will be going to the polls Tuesday to vote in their local elections, all of which feature uncontested races with mostly incumbents running.

Baxter Estates, Flower Hill and Port Washington North will be holding elections Tuesday, with each of their ballots featuring a combination of different village positions.

Baxter Estates

The Village of Baxter Estate’s ballot will feature the three positions of two trustees and one village justice.

Trustee Alice M. Peckelis will be seeking re-election for another two-year term on the village’s board.

Peckelis has been a resident of Port Washington since 1978 and moved into Baxter Estates in 2005. She previously served as a trustee to the Village of Manorhaven from 1985-1989.

She was appointed to Baxter Estate’s Board of Trustees in 2007 to fill a vacancy and has been serving on the board since.

“There is nothing glamorous about being a trustee,” Peckelis wrote to Blank Slate. “The board enacts legislation designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents and provides local services necessary for daily living.”

Peckelis referred to her time on the board as an act of community service rather than a political pursuit.

Also running is Alex Price, who is vying for the seat to be left open by Trustee Jeffrey Eluto, who is not seeking re-election.

Eluto joined the board in 2022, but will be ending his service after one term.

Both Peckelis and Price are running under the Baxter Estates Village Party.

No candidates filed to run for the village justice position in Baxter Estates, a four-year term, which will rely on write-in candidates to select an individual for the seat. Village Justice Elizabeth S. Kase will not seek re-election after 13 years in the position.

The March 19 election will be held at Baxter Estates’ Village Hall at 315 Main St. from noon until 9 p.m.

Flower Hill

The Village of Flower Hill will also 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.

Port Washington North

The Village of Port Washington North will have two trustee positions on its ballot for two-year terms.

Trustees Steven Cohen and Michael Malatino will be running for re-election under the Port North Party.

Cohen has served as a trustee since 2004.

The March 19 election will be held at Port Washington North’s village hall at 3 Pleasant Ave. from noon until 9 p.m.

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