Incumbent trustees running unopposed for re-election in three Great Neck villages

Incumbent trustees running unopposed for re-election in three Great Neck villages
Village of Great Neck Mayor Pedram Bral (left), Trustee Annie Mendelson (center) and Trustee Steven Hope (right) are all running unopposed in their quest to get re-elected on June 15. (Photos courtesy of the candidates)

Incumbent trustees in the three villages on the Great Neck peninsula that will hold their elections on June 15 are all uncontested in their quest to be re-elected.

In the Village of Great Neck, Mayor Pedram Bral, Trustee Annie Mendelson and Trustee Steven Hope are all running unopposed. 

Bral, a surgical director at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, was first elected as the village’s mayor in 2015. After defeating former Mayor Ralph Kreitzman in 2015, Bral was contested in his 2017 and 2019 re-election campaigns as well.

In a spring newsletter sent to village residents, Bral praised community members for their actions in a year plagued with hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The residents of the Village of Great Neck have continued to be an inspiration by their acts of kindness to one another,” Bral said. “I thank every resident for adapting to these changes, keeping your family safe, helping your neighbors, and sharing with us your vision to make our village an even better place to live.”

Mendelson, a technical product manager at Refinitiv, was first elected to the board in 2015. She spent time working in the defense and software industries before getting her teaching certificate in 2003, according to a previously submitted biography. She taught math at Great Neck North High School until 2013 and also served on the Architectural Review Committee and as a representative to the Manhasset Bay Protection Committee.

Hope, a property manager at Park Row South Realty, has served on the board since 2017. Hope has been a coach, trustee and soccer commissioner at Great Neck PAL for more than 10 years. He is also the former president of the Brotherhood of Temple Beth El, where the group undertook various community initiatives that raised money for groups, including the St. Aloysius food pantry.

All of the trustee positions are two-year terms.

Village Justice Mark Birnbaum, a former village trustee who has served as justice since 2013, is running for re-election against David Kirsch. Kirsch has been the managing partner at his own practice, Law Offices of David Kirsch, since last year, with experience in criminal law and estate planning. Kirsch received his Juris Doctorate with a focus in criminal law from Touro College.

The village justice seat is a four-year term.

In the Village of Lake Success, Trustees Lawrence Farkas and Gene Kaplan are running unopposed in their quest for another two-year term on the board.  Marian Lee, who has served on the village’s Planning Board and Parks & Recreation Board, is running unopposed for a spot previously held by David Milner, whom Lee beat in the village’s primary election earlier.

In the Village of Kings Point, incumbent Trustees Hooshang Nematzadeh, Kouros Torkan and Ira S. Nesenoff are running unopposed for re-election. Village Justice Randa Maher is also running unopposed for another four-year term.

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