Roslyn Estates only village to have one contested race for mayor

Roslyn Estates only village to have one contested race for mayor
Roslyn Estates' mayoral race is the only contested election in Roslyn. The two candidates running are incumbent Mayor Paul Peter (left) and Roslyn Estates resident Todd Teichman (right). (Photos courtesy of the Village of Roslyn Estates)

Three village elections will take place in Roslyn March 21, with only the mayoral race of Roslyn Estates drawing multiple candidates vying for the position.

The three villages hosting elections are Roslyn Estates, East Hills and Roslyn.

Roslyn Estates has three offices up for election: mayor and two trustee positions. Those positions are currently filled by Mayor Paul Peters, Trustee Susan Rubinstein and Brett Auerbach.

Peters is being challenged by Roslyn Estates resident Todd Teichman.

Peters has been Roslyn Estate’s mayor for the past six years and is running on the Sunshine Party line. Prior to his time as mayor, Peters was a member of the village’s Board of Zoning Appeals and a trustee for the village.

Teichman has lived in Roslyn Estates for 2 1/2 years and has not served in the village government to date. He is running on the Roslyn Estates Party line. Teichman currently works in medical sales and has been in the field for 25 years.

During Peter’s tenure, his accomplishments have included implementing two road repaving projects, relationship building with multiple public officials and departments, updating investment policy with the bank and financial institutions to get higher interest rates for the village’s invested monies, improving security and better enforcement of local speed limits and stop signs and improving and upgrading The Dogwoods basin and pump to prevent flooding.

If re-elected, Peters said he would also like to continue the tax rate as is while continuing programs of repaving the roads. He said there are plans currently in the works to establish a program this spring to continue repaving projects.

He also wants to continue community programs and events, as well as fight against Gov. Kathy Hochul’s housing plan. The plan would require local governments to rezone areas within a half mile of MTA rail stations that serve the Long Island Rail Road to achieve 3% growth in housing over three years.

Teichman’s main goals if elected would be to streamline building approval processes in the village to work better for residents as well as expand community programs and events to cater to the village’s families and children.

Trustees Rubinstein and Auerbach did not respond to requests for comment.

Rubinstein was elected as a trustee in 2021 and is running for her second term. Auerbach was elected in 2017 and is running for his fourth term.

East Hills residents will vote for four offices: mayor, village justice and two trustees.

Those positions are currently filled by Mayor Michael Koblenz, Justice Howard Jaslow, Trustee Brian Meyerson and Trustee Stacey Siegel, who are all seeking re-election. They are running on the Unity Party line.

Koblenz and Jaslow did not respond to requests for comment.

Koblenz has been mayor of East Hills for 28 years. He has been credited with buying, creating and constructing the park at East Hills, keeping taxes unchanged for the past 12 years and establishing the Senior Activities Committee and the Kids in the Park programs.

Jaslow previously served as the East Hills village prosecutor from 2006-2015 and was the village’s acting justice until 2021. He is a partner at Platzer, Swergold, Goldberg, Katz & Jaslow law firm.

Meyerson has been a trustee for nine years. Previously he served as a prosecutor for the village. He made the shift to become a trustee in 2014 due to a suggestion from his late father.

He describes himself as the “behind the scenes, nuts and bolts” guy on the board, handling a lot of the personnel, building and park issues in the village to make sure things run smoothly.

Notable accomplishments Meyerson shared include union contract negotiations, restructuring the building department processes, shortening permitting processes and separating permitting channels based on project size, revamping the interactive pool for younger children at the park and helping residents with their day-to-day issues.

Looking forward, Meyerson said if he is re-elected his dream would be to pursue a project to convert the army barracks building in the park into an indoor parks facility. This would provide activities and facilities year-round to the community.

Siegal is pursuing her third term as a trustee in East Hills. In 2011, she established the Kids in the Park program, which is how she became involved in the community and the board. She said she is passionate about fostering community relations and much of that is evident in her work as a trustee.

During her tenure, Siegal has developed her Kids in the Park program, established Pet Alert – an alert system for lost pets in the village – and has hosted community events like a women’s softball league and community concerts.

If re-elected, Siegal said she wants to continue fostering community growth through events and programs as well as maintaining taxes as they have not been raised in 13 years.

Roslyn residents will be voting for their mayor and two trustees. Those positions are currently filled by Mayor John Durkin, Trustee Sarah Oral and Trustee Marta Genovese, who are all running for re-election unopposed.

Efforts to contact the village and the three officials were unavailing.

Durkin was a trustee for six years before being elected as mayor. He is currently seeking  his 12th term as mayor after serving over 20 years in the position.

Oral has been a trustee since 2013. She is an associate at Cameron Engineering & Associates.

All elections will be held on March 21.

Roslyn Estates residents can vote at the village hall, 25 The Tulips, from noon until 9 p.m.

The election for East Hills will be held in the theater at 209 Harbor Hill from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Roslyn residents can vote at the village hall, at 1200 Old Northern Blvd., from noon to 9 p.m.

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