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Mayor Wurzel of Sands Point Honored by Hundreds at Community Chest Event

At the Community Chest’s Citizen of Year event on April 14 for Leonard Wurzel, longtime mayor of Sands Point, hundreds of people turned out to honor him. Wurzel, age 92, was recognized as an exemplary “community leader” and a role model for others involved in community activities.

In addition to remarks by his sons, Mark and Larry Wurzel, Community Chest Vice-president Nancy Cowles provided an overview of his accomplishments.

During the ceremony, others spoke warmly about Mr. Wurzel, offering kind words for his many years of dedication to community service. Several proclamations were presented.

Along with the many speeches and a short video of his life, the audience was entertained by former Port resident and singer, Floryn Glass, dressed as Marilyn Monroe (Mr. Wurzel’s favorite movie star). The ceremony was followed by a reception and refreshments.

“We are proud to recognize Leonard Wurzel’s many years of community service. He is a wonderful example of our mission – The People of Port Helping the People of Port,” said Richard Strautman, President of the Community Chest.

Mr. Wurzel is best known as the Mayor of Sands Point, an unpaid elected position he has held since 1989. Prior to that, he served as a member and chairman of the Sands Point Zoning Appeals Board, on the Board of Trustees and as Building and Water Commissioner.

He has also been a major influence in the steering committee for the Town of North Hempstead’s Shared Visioning Process for Port Washington, the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

 Wurzel is an active participant with The Community Synagogue, the League of Women Voters, the Helen Keller National Center, and a longtime supporter of the Community Chest.

“It was a wonderful evening, “Mrs. Cowles stated. “The Chest would like to thank The Community Synagogue for offering the use of their facilities and greatly appreciates the help of its staff, and that of the Sands Point Police Department and staff of the Sands Point Village Hall in planning this event. “

The Community Chest established the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award forty years ago to honor outstanding volunteer service on behalf of the residents of Port Washington. For more information about the Chest and the organizations it supports, contact the Community Chest office at 767-2121 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .