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Six Village Elections Tuesday, March 20

Saddle Rock Trustees Election Contested

(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 next month on Tuesday, March 20 —- Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Kensington, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock and Thomaston. Only the Village of Saddle Rock will see a contested election, as three trustee candidates are running for two trustee positions.

The villages of Great Neck, Kings Point and Lake Success all hold elections in June of each year.

Great Neck Estates

In the Village of Great Neck Estates, there are no contested elections. Howard Hershenhorn is running for re-election as trustee. Lanny Oppenheim, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Howard Hirschman for a year, is running for another one-year term for trustee. Harry Burnstein is running for village justice to fill the unexpired term (three years) of Harold Hoffman.

Great Neck Estates elections are Tuesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m., at Great Neck Estates Village Hall, 4 Atwater Plaza.

Great Neck Plaza

Great Neck Plaza elections are also uncontested. Mayor Jean Celender is running, unopposed, for another two-year term as mayor. Trustees Ted Rosen and Pamela Marksheid are each running for another two-year term.

Great Neck Plaza elections are on Tuesday, March 20, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Plaza Village Hall, 2 Gussack Plaza.


Kensington will see two new trustees running for election. Jeffrey Greener and Phillip Bornstein are each running for a two-year term as a trustee.

Kensington elections are on Tuesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m., at Kensington Village Hall, 2 Nassau Drive.

Russell Gardens

In Russell Gardens will see two trustee positions up for election, both unopposed. David Miller is running for re-election as trustee. Matthew Ellis is running for his first two-year term as a trustee; he replaces Ken Sonnenberg who is not running for re-election.

Russell Gardens elections are on Tuesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m., at Russell Gardens Village Hall, 6 Tain Drive.

Saddle Rock

One of the Village of Saddle Rock elections is contested. While Mayor Dan Levy is running unopposed and trustee David Schwartz is also running unopposed. Three other trustee candidates are running for two trustee spots.

Mayor Levy is running unopposed for a one-year term. He is currently serving the term left when Mayor J. Leonard Samansky died last summer and the further one-year term will serve out all of the unexpired term of the late mayor. Trustee David Schwartz is also running unopposed for the trustee position vacated when Dan Levy became mayor. Mr. Schwartz is now serving a one-year term left when the Mr. Levy became mayor and this election will see Mr. Schwartz run for another one-year term to complete Mr. Levy’s old trustee position’s term.

There are two other trustee positions up for election and three candidates have declared: Sasha Masri, Avery Modlin (a current trustee), and Robert Steinberg (a current trustee). These two trustee positions are for two two-year terms. For this election, the three candidates will be contacted and asked to provide the Record with very specific information. This information will be published in an upcoming issue of the Record.

Saddle Rock elections are on Tuesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m., at Saddle Rock Village Hall, 18 Masefield Way.


Village of Thomaston elections will place two new trustees on the board. Both James Sharkey and Robert Klein are running, unopposed, for two two-year trustee positions.

Thomaston elections are on Tuesday, March 20, noon to 9 p.m., at Thomaston Village Hall, 100 East Shore Road.


The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,