Great Neck villages to hold uncontested elections March 21

Great Neck villages to hold uncontested elections March 21
No challenging petitions have been filed in Great Neck's March 21 elections. (Image courtesy of Flickr)

The incumbents in Great Neck villages facing March 21 elections are running unopposed.

Great Neck Plaza Trustees Lawrence Katz and Alex (Siu Long) Au are unopposed in the village’s upcoming election as both seek two-year terms on the board. Au was appointed to the board last year to fill out the term of longtime Trustee Gerry Schneiderman.

Katz, a certified public accountant and attorney who previously served three years on the village’s Zoning Appeals Board, has served since December 2012.

Au has an MBA in finance and accounting and has worked with Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofit organizations. He also served in the U.S. Army as a transportation specialist and as a member of the Great Neck Library’s Nominating Committee. Au lives in the Plaza with his wife, Dorothy Feng, and their two daughters.

Schneiderman, who was first elected to the board in 2000, was a member of the Wyngate Civic Association during the 1970s. His involvement in local government spurred him to be appointed to the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals by former Mayor Andrew Wurman.

Village Justice Neil Finkston is also running unopposed for another four years in his position.

Great Neck Estates Mayor William Warner and Trustees Jeffrey Farkas and Ira Ganzfried are also seeking re-election unopposed for four-year seats on the board, following a local law passed in 2018 that extends a board member’s tenure between each election.

Great Neck Estates Village Justice Andrew D. Greene is unopposed in seeking another four years on the board. Greene was appointed following the death of former Village Justice Harry Burstein in October.

Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg and Trustee Burton Weston are running unopposed to serve on the board for another two years. Both are running on the Good Neighbors Party line.

Trustee Karen Lynne Siegel said last month she intends to run to retain her seat on the village’s Board of Trustees despite missing the state-mandated deadline to submit the necessary paperwork to appear on the ballot.

Siegel, according to village officials, was required to have a Certificate of Acceptance submitted to the village by Thursday morning in order for her name to appear on the ballot in Thomaston’s March 21 election.

Siegel, in an email to Blank Slate Media, said she has been tending to personal matters in Costa Rica and attempted to have the paperwork submitted to the village on time.

She was appointed to the Board of Trustees on April 11 to fill out the remaining term of Jill Monoson.

Efforts to reach the officials from the Village of Kensington for election information were unavailing.

Kensington Trustee Brent Greenspan and Alina Hendler were elected to the board in 2021 to serve two-year terms.

The Villages of Kings Point, Lake Success, Russell Gardens and Great Neck will all have their elections in June. The Village of Saddle Rock will not hold any elections this year.

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