Arnold, Lentini re-elected in North Hills

Arnold, Lentini re-elected in North Hills
The Village of North Hills Board of Trustees is pictured. (Photo from

Two longtime Village of North Hills trustees won their fourth four-year terms Tuesday night.

Trustees Elliott Arnold and Phyllis Lentini, both running unopposed, were re-elected to their seats with 136 votes and 133 votes, respectively.

“We were very happy that everyone made the effort to support us,” Lentini said Wednesday morning.

Arnold said he was happy with the “wonderful turnout” in an uncontested election.

Both have been on the board for more than a decade and have overseen some of the largest development and construction projects in the village in recent years.

Arnold was first appointed to the board in 2004 and elected alongside Lentini in 2005, 2009 and 2013. He worked as a health and life insurance broker before selling his insurance business and moving into real estate two years ago.

Lentini was first appointed to a two-year term on the board in 2003. She is the widow of former village Mayor John Lentini, who died in 2002 and for whom the Village Hall is named. Phyllis Lentini retired in 2007 from the real estate business she and her husband ran together.

Both trustees have said they want to continue the board’s oversight of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, a 244-unit luxury condominium development that is in its second phase of construction. Part of the complex opened last year after the first phase was completed.

The pair has also been involved with the construction of Dealertrack Technologies’ new world headquarters on New Hyde Park Road. The large office building is set to open with a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday.

Lentini said she wants to be involved with a forthcoming traffic study after the building opens. Residents have requested the study, expressing concerns that New Hyde Park Road will become more congested and dangerous with increased traffic from Dealertrack employees.

Arnold and Lentini have said they want to keep a similar watch on the proposal to build Manhasset Crest, a private subdivision of 46 high-end houses planned for the former site of the historic Inisfada Retreat House off Searingtown Road. That project is currently before the village Planning Board.

Arnold said Wednesday that he also wants to continue efforts to beautify the village by keeping up with road repairs and landscaping. He is also proud of the village’s low tax rate, he said.

“I just want to retain our reputation as one of the nicest villages in Nassau County,” he said.

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