Rosenbaum’s victory in Flower Hill headlines Manhasset elections

Rosenbaum’s victory in Flower Hill headlines Manhasset elections
Flower Hill's Randall Rosenbaum is the village's new mayor after winning his uncontested election Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Flower Hill Party)

Flower Hill Deputy Mayor Randall Rosenbaum won his uncontested race to replace Brian Herrington as mayor of the village on Tuesday.

Rosenbaum received 135 votes, while Herrington, who ran unopposed for a two-year trustee term, received 132 votes. Incumbent Trustees Claire Dorfman and Gary Lewandowski also ran unopposed for re-election and received 132 and 133 votes, respectively.

Herrington said new developments in his professional life led him to hand the reins to Rosenbaum.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Flower Hill as Mayor,” Herrington said. “I recently accepted a promotion from my employer which has expanded my professional responsibilities and is taking a greater toll on my time. Given my first priority is to my family, this now leaves me with an inadequate time to dedicate to the Village and has led me to the decision to take a step back from Mayor.”

Herrington was appointed mayor following the death of longtime Mayor Robert McNamara in April 2020.  Following Herrington’s appointment as mayor, Dorfman was chosen to fill Herrington’s trustee position and won her first election last year for a one-year term on the board.

Herrington defeated challenger and former Trustee Kate Hirsch in the 2020 election that was postponed to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The elections saw Hirsch challenge the Flower Hill Party’s petition with the aim of having it thrown out, only for the Nassau County Board of Elections to rule in the party’s favor.

Hirsch then filed an ethics complaint against Flower Hill’s chief election officer, village Administrator Ronnie Shatzkamer, alleging that she was assisting the Flower Hill Party in its campaign, with both Shatzkamer and Herrington denying the allegations.

Herrington later released an email sent by Hirsch offering to drop her campaign in July in exchange for the dismissal of village staff members and the dropping of harassment charges against her.

Herrington also received two write-in votes for mayor and Hirsch received one write-in vote for trustee, village officials said.

Plandome Manor Mayor Kenneth C. Riscica was elected to serve another two-year term after receiving 166 votes on Tuesday.

Trustees Dianne Sheehan, Silver Ferman and Alvin Solomon did not file papers to run to retain their seats, though three newcomers did. Mary Hauck, Kristina Lobosco and Florence Musalo each ran unopposed to fill the three trustee positions. Musalo received 164 votes, Lobosco received 139 and Hauck received 137.

Village of Munsey Park Trustees Regina Im and Gregory LiCalzi Jr. each ran in uncontested elections to serve two years on the board, but immediate efforts to reach village officials for election results were unavailing. Village Justice John B. Turano was also uncontested in his race to serve for another four years in his position, but efforts to reach the village for vote totals were unavailing.

The Village of Baxter Estates will have a new face on its Board of Trustees after Tuesday’s elections, with Jeffrey Eluto receiving 27 votes to replace Trustee Brian Reardon on the board. He did not run for re-election. Trustee Alice Peckelis also ran unopposed for another two-year term, receiving 35 votes.

Village of Plandome Trustees Robert Broderick and James Corcoran each received 49 votes  in their uncontested races and will serve another two-year term. 

Village of Plandome Manor Trustees Tony DeSousa and Patricia O’Neill also ran unopposed for two-year terms, with DeSousa receiving 102 votes and O’Neill receiving 100. A pair of write-in candidates also received votes, with Terry Gangaram getting 49 and Eric Kattan receiving 48.

Village Justice Sara Katz Richman received 109 votes for re-election, while Gangaram also received one write-in vote for that position as well.

Port Washington North Trustees Steven Cohen and Michael Malatino received 24 and 27 votes, respectively, in their uncontested re-election campaigns. Village Justice Sheldon Greenbaum also received 24 votes in his uncontested election.

The villages of Manorhaven and Sands Point have their elections in June. The Village of North Hills does not have any elections scheduled for this year.

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