March elections to bring new mayors to Flower Hill and Munsey Park

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March elections to bring new mayors to Flower Hill and Munsey Park
Munsey Park Mayor Sean Haggerty will not run for re-election in March.

BY STEPHEN ROMANO AND MAX ZAHN 

Sean Haggerty, the mayor of Munsey Park, will not run for re-election when villagers go to the polls on March 21.

Trustee Frank Demento will run unopposed to replace him.

Trustee Patrick Hance will run for re-election while resident Lawrence Ceriello will run for the seat vacated as Demento is elevated to mayor.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at Munsey Park Village Hall at 1777 Northern Blvd.

Following former Mayor Elaine Phillips’ state Senate victory in November, the Flower Hill government got a new mayor, a new deputy mayor and two new trustees.

In March, five seats in the village are up for re-election and all five trustees have filed to run.

Mayor Bob McNamara, who served as deputy mayor under Phillips and has been a trustee since 2012, has filed to run for a one-year term in a special election.

When Phillips asked McNamara to be a trustee five years ago, he said, he never imagined one day being mayor.

“I actually always felt sorry for the person who was going to replace her,” he said in December. “She did a superb job and was so involved in every aspect of the village.”

Trustee Frank Genese, who was appointed to the board in December to fill McNamara’s seat, has filed to run for a two-year term.

Genese, a resident of Flower Hill for 15 years, served as an architect consultant in Munsey Park for 11 years.

Kate Hirsch, who was appointed to the board in October to replace Trustee Karen Reichenbach, who died in May, has filed to run for a one-year term in a special election.

Newly appointed Deputy Mayor Brian Herrington, who has been on the board since 2014, filed to run for a two-year term, and Trustee Jay Beber, a board member since 2015, is running for a two-year term.

All Flower Hill elections are uncontested.

Elections will take place on Tuesday, March 21, from noon to 9 p.m. at Flower Hill Village Hall at 1 Bonnie Heights Road in Manhasset.

In Plandome, Mayor M. Lloyd Williams will run for re-election unopposed. So will trustees Katie Saville and Donald Richardson as well as Village Justice James D. Kiley.

The voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at Plandome Village Hall at 65 South Dr.

In Plandome Heights, trustees Daniel Cataldo, Gus Panopoulos and Norman Taylor will run for re-election unopposed, as will Village Justice Cye E. Ross.

That voting will also take place from noon to 9 p.m. at Plandome Village Hall at 65 South Dr.

In Plandome Manor, Mayor Barbara Donno and trustees James Baydar and Matthew Clinton will run for re-election unopposed.

Voting will occur from noon to 9 p.m at the Plandome Manor village office at 55 Manhasset Ave.

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