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Six Village Elections March 16

Two Mayors Challenged

(Editor’s Note: As with all village elections, immediately following the last date to file a petition to run for office, the Great Neck Record contacts each village’s clerk/treasurer, asking for the names of the candidates. And, as well, we ask that the village contact each candidate, asking for a biography, a photograph, and a statement as to why the candidate is running for office. Some villages, and some candidates, do comply. In the weeks to come, we will publish all such election materials.)

Six villages on the Great Neck peninsula will hold elections on Tuesday, March 16—- Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston. Two villages, Great Neck Plaza and Kensington, will see contests. The mayors are being challenged in both villages, trustee positions are contested in both villages, and the Kensington village justice election is contested.

Elections will be held in June in the villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Lake Success.

Great Neck Estates

In the Village of Great Neck Estates, incumbent trustees Howard Hirschmann and Howard S. Hershenhorn are running unopposed for reelection. These are two-year terms.

Great Neck Estates elections are on Tuesday, March 16, noon to 9 p.m., at Great Neck Estates Village Hall, 4 Atwater Plaza.

Great Neck Plaza

Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender is being challenged by Stu Hochron for a two-year term. Plaza incumbent trustees Ted Rosen (who serves as deputy mayor) and Pamela Marksheid are running for re-election, with challenges from Michael Glickman and Scott Schwartz. The two trustee candidates with the most votes will win the two two-year spots.

Great Neck Plaza elections are on Tuesday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Plaza Village Hall, 2 Gussack Plaza.


Kensington will see contests for mayor and village justice. Mayor Susan Lopatkin is being challenged for re-election by Gloria Markfield. This is for a two-year term. Current Acting Village Justice Mel Strauss is being challenged by Richard Dennett in a bid for the four-year village justice spot.

Two incumbent trustees, Howard Diamond and George Keller, are running unopposed, for reelection for another two-year term.

Kensington elections are on Tuesday, March 16, noon to 9 p.m., at Kensington Village Hall, 2 Nassau Drive.

Russell Gardens

In Russell Gardens two trustees and a village justice are running unopposed. Incumbent Trustee Kenneth Sonnenberg is running for re-election and David Miller, who was appointed as trustee, is running for his first full term. Both trustee terms are for two years. Incumbent Village Justice Alan Cohen is running, unopposed, for another four-year term.

Russell Gardens elections are Tuesday, March 16, noon to 9 p.m., at Russell Gardens Village Hall, 6 Tain Drive.

Saddle Rock

The Village of Saddle Rock will see three uncontested elections. Incumbent Trustee Robert Steinberg is running for re-election, unopposed, and Avery Modlin is running, unopposed, for a first term as a trustee. Both are two-year terms. Julia Gavriel, who has been appointed village justice, will run for her own three-year term, unopposed.

Saddle Rock elections are on Tuesday, March 16, noon to 9 p.m., at Saddle Rock Village Hall, 18 Masefield Way.


In the Village of Thomaston elections, two new candidates, Jane E. Sharkey and Robert Klein, are running unopposed for two-year terms.

Thomaston elections are on Tuesday, March 16, noon to 9 p.m., at Thomaston Village Hall, 100 East Shore Road.