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Candidate Profiles for Roslyn Board of Trustees

The following candidates are running for the board of trustees in the Village of Roslyn. The election will take place on Tuesday, March 20.

Marshall Bernstein

Marshall Bernstein is running for re-election to the Village of Roslyn board of trustees, where he also serves as deputy mayor. He issued the following statement on his candidacy.

“My wife Marilyn and I have been residents of Roslyn Pines since 1974 and I have been active in the village government for approximately 30 years.  I was introduced to village government by the former Mayor Joel Pasnik and have served as a member of the Historic District Board, Planning Board, Board of Zoning Appeals [and as] village trustee and deputy mayor.  Village government in many ways is the most important government in our democracy, because the decision makers know the local issues and have a special feel for how those issues affect our fellow residents. Local issues that affect us as friends and neighbors should be resolved by the representatives of those friends and neighbors. For this system to work, it is vital that as many of us as possible participate in our community through joining that local government, to the extent that we have the time and willingness to do so.

“I have spent a long time as a member of the board of trustees and we have some unfinished business that I would like to help resolve. The village financial condition was badly hurt by a combination of the economic downturn (which resulted in a diminution in state and county aid) and most significantly by the actions of a developer who intended to develop the downtown area north of Old Northern Boulevard as residential condominiums, but then walked away from the project. That action badly affected one of our budget years and had a ripple effect on future budgets. Naturally, litigation ensued. That matter has now been settled and we believe the development will go forward. It is a top priority to make certain that our budgets are under control.

“As indicated above, the main issue facing the Village is the restoration of its financial health. There are some positive signs: our general fund balance has increased and certain longterm indebtedness been repaid. We are constantly buffeted by an increasing number of tax certiorari proceedings (both commercial and residential) and by continual increases in fixed costs from the fire companies and county for sewerage treatment. Keeping an eye on our financial health is a task that requires constant attention.”

Village elections take place Tuesday, March 20, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 1200 Old Northern Blvd.

—By Joe Scotchie

Craig Westergard

Craig Westergard is running for re-election to the Village of Roslyn board of trustees. His office issued the following statement on his candidacy.

“Mr. Westergard has been on the Village of Roslyn board of trustees since 2000 and is seeking his sixth term. Mr. Westergard is a registered architect in the state of New York and utilizes this experience with the board through village government. Mr. Westergard is the sole board member with building and planning expertise and has been instrumental with the proposed BITI Housing project, the new park on East Broadway, the bus shelters on Old Northern Boulevard and uncountable day-to-day residential and commercial applications, which come before the board.

Mr. Westergard has most recently been involved with the village staff on various restorations to the Village Clock Tower as well as planning for the proposed new sports field and parking lot at the end of Skillman Street.

“Prior to his trustee position, Mr. Westergard served as chairman of the Historic District board for four years of an eight year term. Two noteworthy projects during his tenure were the “Stop and Shop” and “Atria” projects. Mr. Westergard has also been a trustee on the Roslyn Landmarks Society for the past 10 years and former trustee of the Roslyn Preservation Society.

“Mr. Westergard has his own architectural practice here in Roslyn and specializes in retail, commercial and residential design. He has been in business since 1993.

“Mr. Westergard moved to Roslyn in 1988 and lived in the Roslyn Gardens Cooperative on Edwards Street and served on their board of directors for eight years. Mr. Westergard met his wife Florence and married in 1997 and purchased their home where they currently reside in Roslyn.

“Mr. Westergard  graduated from New York Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in architecture and the Norwalk State Technical College in Norwalk, CT.

“Mr. Westergard is seeking his sixth term as board of trustees member because he feels his expertise is invaluable to the community.

“It’s been a rewarding experience to serve on this board of trustees,” he said. “We’ve accomplished a great deal and have a cohesive group that gets things done.”

Village elections take place Tuesday, March 20, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 1200 Old Northern Blvd.

—By Joe Scotchie

Wayne Marr

Wayne Marr is running for election to the Village of Roslyn board of trustees.  He issued the following statement on his candidacy:

“I have been a Roslyn Village resident since 1976 and have been married to Donna for 29 years. We have raised two children, Megan and Ethan in the village.  I have a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NYIT, and have worked at Verizon Communications for 40 years, in the planning, operations, construction, staff and engineering divisions. I have been a manager for the past 20 years, currently as the engineering manager responsible for Queens County, overseeing 12 engineers, five contract engineers and seven associates.  

“I am currently the president of the Roslyn Clock Tower Party and a longtime member.  I have been involved with village government for more than 25 years, currently a planning board member who has been present at all meetings. I have also served as a zoning board member and chairperson, and have served as a member on the Village Master Plan.  I am present at all monthly board of trustee meetings, representing the Clock Tower Party, asking questions of the trustees, and ensuring residents’ concerns are followed up by the board.

“I want to bring in a new fresh view to the village government, and  ‘Change Energizes Us’ is my campaign slogan.  I look to bring leadership that is concerned with our village as a whole, maintaining a unity between the residential homeowners, co-op owners, apartment residents and business owners alike to preserve a good quality of life. Working to keep property taxes stabilized or reducing them, I have the best interest of all sections of the village at heart.  I pledge to work very hard to keep the community safe, clean and attractive, and I look forward to working with residents and businesses to ensure the Historic Village Downtown stays strong and viable.  If elected, I intend to work closely with the mayor, trustees and other village boards.

“There are many issues and concerns [facing village residents]. I have met many Roslyn residents and business owners who all have the same concerns: They want to be informed on what is going on with the village government and are frustrated with the lack of information to the residents and businesses.  Recently, the village sent its annual letter to single-family residential homeowners informing them of the days for garbage and recycling pickup. This mailing also included a letter explaining that when it snows, the property owner must shovel the sidewalk, clear snow around the fire hydrant and not place snow in the street, otherwise they would be summonsed and fined.  Although, more than 1,500 residents are co-op owners or apartment residents, no communication was sent to them.  In my opinion, this was an excellent opportunity that was truly missed by the board of trustees to include a letter to all the residents/property owners in a State of the Village Address.  This letter could have informed all on the status of the village/BITI (Stop & Shop) lawsuit and what the board of trustees feels are the challenges the village is facing in 2012.  Many members of the current board have run their past campaigns on implementing a new policy of open government, encouraging citizen unity, and to be responsive to all sections of the village. 

“With ‘Change Energizes Us,’ I want to improve the policy of open and transparent village government, encouraging accessibility, informing residents and business owners of village government news, increased residents participation and unity.

“I look for the support of the residents of Historic Roslyn Village to elect me [as a] new energized and vital member of the board of trustees.”

Village elections take place Tuesday, March 20 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 1200 Old Northern Blvd. 

—By Joe Scotchie