(Editor's Note: For each village election, contested or uncontested, the candidates are each invited to submit a photo, short bio, and reasons for running. The Village of Saddle Rock candidates submitted the following information.)
Although the election of a mayor, two trustees and a village justice in the Village of Saddle Rock is uncontested, the election is unusual in that New York State has mandated that village elections this year must be held on the third Wednesday in March rather than the usual third Tuesday, on which St Patrick's Day is being celebrated.
The candidates for election in the Village of Saddle Rock are running to fill two-year terms for mayor and trustees and a four-year term for village justice.
J. Leonard Samansky is running for re-election as mayor of the Village of Saddle Rock for a tenth two-year term. He has served the village since 1984 as a member of the Board of Zoning and Appeals, as a trustee for four terms and as mayor since 1991.
Mayor Samansky serves as president of the Great Neck Village Officials Association; director of the Water Authority of Great Neck North; and chair of the Authority's Environmental, Conservation and Audit Committees. He also serves as a member of the Great Neck Cable Commission, member of the Town of North Hempstead's Sewer Advisory Board, a member of the Nassau County Solid Waste Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Great Neck Arts Center.
Mayor Samansky is past president of the Nassau County Village Officials Association and was a long-serving member of the Executive Committee. He is involved in many other religious, civic and charitable organizations.
Mayor Samansky is an attorney engaged in the private practice of law. From 1996 to 2001, he served Nassau County as commissioner of Accounts, Ombudsman, member of the Board of Ethics, and Nassau County Emergency Management Chief.
Leonard Samansky and his wife Shirley have four children and six grandchildren.
Mayor Samansky said: "I enjoy serving my community and the community. I look forward to continuing to serve the Village of Saddle Rock and the community at large. If re-elected mayor, I intend to work closely with the other members of the board of trustees and our residents to make sure that the Village of Saddle Rock remains one of the safest, most beautiful and enjoyable villages in which to live and raise a family."
Mark Collins is running for re-election as a trustee of the Village of Saddle Rock for a third two-year term. During his tenure on the board of trustees he serves the village as Pool and Park Commissioner.
Mr. Collins said he chose Saddle Rock as a community because of its beautiful waterfront, pool and park facilities and its close proximity to the Great Neck Library. He is a well-known businessman in the New York metropolitan area.
Trustee Collins spends a great deal of his time during the summer with his wife and two daughters swimming at the Saddle Rock Pool. He has worked hard as a member of the board of trustees to maintain the beauty and character of the village.
Mark Collins said that he looks forward to continuing to serve as a member of the board of trustees and to work to make the Village of Saddle Rock an even more beautiful place to live for all of the residents.
Dr. Dan Levy, F.A.C.S., graduated with special distinction from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1984. He is a successful and well-regarded ophthalmologist with a private medical and surgical practice in Great Neck and Manhattan.
Dr. Levy is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an attending ophthalmologist and clinical instructor at North Shore University Hospital, among others.
Dr. Levy served as a member of the Board of Zoning and Appeals, and later was elected trustee, and served as the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the Village of Saddle Rock.
Before his medical career, Dr. Levy served as both a lieutenant and a commander in the Israel Defense Army during the 1973 "Yom Kippur" war in the Sinai desert front.
Dr. Levy is an avid sailor who is dedicated to the preservation and care of the waterfront. In his spare time, he volunteers to support both the Great Neck North High School and the North Shore Fencers Club fencing teams in training, weapons and equipment maintenance.
Village Justice Robert Zausmer is running for re-election for a four-year term as village justice of the Village of Saddle Rock. He is presently of counsel to Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.'s litigation practice group having rejoined the firm in April 2007.
Judge Zausmer served as assistant district attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney's Office from 1973 until 1979. From 1979 to 1983 he was an attorney at the general practice firm of Peirez, Ackerman & Levine in Great Neck. Judge Zausmer joined Meyer, Suozzi originally in 1983 as an associate and was named partner in 1984, a position he held for 20 years. He left the firm to become associate general counsel to The Robert Plan. a client he represented while at the firm over the years.
Judge Zausmer received his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law in 1973. In 1970 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University's College of Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Judge Zausmer served as a president of Young Israel of Great Neck and the North Shore Hebrew Academy.