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Local Mayors Returned to Office in Contested Elections

Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Village of Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin were both returned to office following contested elections on March 16. Those running for office with both mayors also handily beat their opponents.

Plaza Mayor Celender beat challenger Stu Hochron, with the mayor receiving 600 votes and Mr. Hochron receiving 411 votes. Running with Mayor Celender were incumbent trustees Ted Rosen, who also serves as deputy mayor, and Pam Marksheid. Mr. Rosen, with 604 votes, and Trustee Marksheid, with 600 votes, beat challengers Michael Glickman, who garnered 402 votes, and Scott Schwartz, who received 394 votes.

Mayor Celender issued the following statement to the Great Neck Record: “I want to thank the residents of Great Neck Plaza who came out to vote on March 16. The large turnout shows that village government is an important issue to our residents. The confidence shown in re-electing me, trustees Ted Rosen and Pam Marksheid was especially heartening. A special thank you goes to all the hard working volunteers on our campaign. Without their support, our victory would not have been possible. My trustees and I look forward to continuing our service to the village and remain committed to preserving and enhancing the wonderful community of the Plaza.”

Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin received 218 votes, winning over her opponent Gloria Markfield who received 58 votes. Richard Dennett’s 164 votes beat Mel Strauss’ 98 votes, winning the village justice seat for Mr. Dennett.

Mayor Lopatkin told the Record: “I am very pleased by the turnout and, of course, by the results of this election, and I want to thank my opponent for a good campaign. I am humbled that the village residents have voted overwhelmingly to entrust the care and management of the village operations to me for another two years. I plan to work even harder for the benefit of Kensington residents during my upcoming term in office.”

Uncontested Elections

In the Village of Great Neck Estates, incumbent trustees Howard Hirschmann (18 votes) and Howard S. Hershenhorn (14 votes) were re-elected to their trustee spots.

Kensington also saw uncontested elections with incumbents Howard Diamond (145 votes) and George Keller (152 votes) winning re-election.

In Russell Gardens two trustees and a village justice ran unopposed. Incumbent trustees Kenneth Sonnenberg and David Miller were both returned to their positions, each with 26 votes. Incumbent Village Justice Alan Cohen was also returned with 26 votes.

The Village of Saddle Rock saw Robert A. Steinberg and Avery M. Modlin each receiving 31 votes for two open trustee positions. Julia Gavriel received 37 votes for the office of village justice.

In the Village of Thomaston elections James Sharkey and Robert Klein won unchallenged trustee spots, each with 30 votes.

The Villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Lake Success hold elections in June.