Residents voted Wednesday, March 18 in village elections in Floral Park, Bellerose and Stewart Manor. All three villages had uncontested races this year with the exception of Bellerose Village in which write-in candidate Ron DeSouza, a former Bellerose Village trustee, bested Village Green Party candidate Charles Puglisi, who was running for an open trustee seat.
Write-in candidates also made challenges in Stewart Manor's election as well but they proved unsuccessful.
The results are as follows:
Mayoral candidate Kevin Greene received 578 votes. Trustee Mary-Grace Tomecki, running uncontested for re-election, received 582 votes while newcomer trustee candidate Dominick Longobardi received 583 votes.
Mayor Donna Sherrer, who received 141 votes, is poised to serve another two-year term. Write-in candidate Ron DeSouza, a former Bellerose Village trustee, received 10 votes for mayor. Trustee candidate Laura Tamparo of the Community Party received 159 votes for an open trustee seat; she will also serve a two-year term. DeSouza made history March 18 when he bested Village Green Party candidate for trustee Charles Puglisi by a mere two votes; DeSouza received 97 votes while Puglisi received 95 votes.
Mayoral candidate James Kelly received 249 votes and won Wednesday's election against write-in candidates Joseph Troiano and D. Federbush, who both received one vote each. Trustee candidates John Egan, who received 231 votes, and Robert Fabio who received 229 votes, will both serve two open trustee seats. Jim Lynch and Joe Troiano, write-in candidates, received two votes and one vote respectively. Village Justice Philip Milone, running uncontested, received 241 votes.