Rosenbaum running for Herrington’s mayoral seat in Flower Hill, incumbents unopposed in Roslyn, Roslyn Estates

Rosenbaum running for Herrington’s mayoral seat in Flower Hill, incumbents unopposed in Roslyn, Roslyn Estates
The Village of Flower Hill's Board of Trustees will have a new mayor after its March 15 elections. (Photo from the Island 360 archives)

The Village of Flower Hill’s Board of Trustees will feature a change of leadership after the March 15 elections, with Deputy Mayor Randall Rosenbaum running unopposed for mayor.

Current Mayor Brian Herrington will run for a two-year trustee term, along with incumbents Claire Dorfman and Gary Lewandowski.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for Mayor. Having held many different positions within the Village starting on the Zoning Board, moving to the Board of Trustees and then being appointed Deputy Mayor, I have a wealth of experience and ideas to help improve our Village,” Rosenbaum said in a statement. “I am looking forward to building on the accomplishments our team has achieved over the last few years under Mayor Brian Herrington.”

Herrington said new developments in his professional life led him to hand the reins to Rosenbaum.

“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Flower Hill as Mayor,” Herrington said. “I recently accepted a promotion from my employer which has expanded my professional responsibilities and is taking a greater toll on my time. Given my first priority is to my family, this now leaves me with an inadequate time to dedicate to the Village and has led me to the decision to take a step back from Mayor.”

Herrington was appointed mayor following the death of longtime Mayor Robert McNamara in April 2020.  Following Herrington’s appointment as mayor, Dorfman was chosen to fill Herrington’s trustee position and won her first election last year for a one-year term on the board.

Herrington defeated challenger and former Trustee Kate Hirsch in the 2020 election that was postponed to September due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The elections saw Hirsch challenge the Flower Hill Party’s petition with the aim of having it thrown out, only for the Nassau County Board of Elections to rule in the party’s favor.

Hirsch then filed an ethics complaint against Flower Hill’s chief election officer, village Administrator Ronnie Shatzkamer, alleging that she was assisting the Flower Hill Party in its campaign, with both Shatzkamer and Herrington denying the allegations.

Herrington later released an email sent by Hirsch offering to drop her campaign in July in exchange for the dismissal of village staff members and the dropping of harassment charges against her.

In Roslyn, Trustees Marshall Bernstein and Craig Westergard are running unopposed for re-election. The two were initially voted onto the board in 1995 and 2000, respectively. 

Saul Kelin is running unopposed for village justice. Current Village Justice Andrew Weitz is not seeking re-election for the position he has held since 2014.

In Roslyn Estates, incumbent Trustees Stephen Fox and Brian Feingold are the only two who filed petitions to run.

Fox was elected as a write-in candidate to replace Paul Peters when he transitioned to mayor last year.

Efforts to reach the Village of Roslyn Harbor for election information were unavailing. 

The Villages of East Hills, East Williston and North Hills do not hold elections this year.

Robert Pelaez contributed reporting. 

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