After 14 years on the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees, where he performed a variety of services to the village, Nolan Myerson is declining a run for re-election and will leave local politics.
"I've been doing this for 14 years," Myerson told The Roslyn News. "That's a long time. I'm delighted with the fact that the voters put their trust in me for as long as they did."
Myerson said that he and his family might be relocating to Manhattan within the next two years. As such, he didn't want to run again for re-election and then have to leave the BOT in mid-term. That, too, played a role in his decision.
Myerson moved to Roslyn in 1984 and became president of the Roslyn Civic Association. He first ran for public office in 1995, when a storm of opposition to the proposed Stop & Shop supermarket was in full motion.
That year, he was approached by Dick Poneman, chairman of the Clock Tower Party. Poneman asked Myerson if he would like to run for mayor. Myerson turned down that offer, but he agreed to run for the BOT. When asked if anyone else was available to run for office, Myerson mentioned John Durkin as a possibility.
In 1995, Myerson and Durkin were elected to the BOT in an election that swept out two incumbents from the BOT and ushered in a new era of politics in the village. Myerson and Durkin ran on a Clock Tower Party ticket that included incumbent Trustees Janet Galante and Marlene Freeman. Ms. Galante was elected mayor and Ms. Freeman became deputy mayor. The incumbent mayor and deputy mayor, Joel Pasnik and Robert Abrams, were both defeated that year in their re-election bids.
From 1998-2005, Myerson served as deputy mayor. During his time on the BOT, he also chaired a committee of Roslyn citizens that drafted a Master Plan, one that would serve as a guidepost for future development in the village.
Myerson gives credit to then-Mayor Galante for getting the project going. The Master Plan, he added, has steered construction in downtown Roslyn towards "smart development." Sterling Glen of Roslyn, the senior residential retirement home, is an example of Master Plan thinking.
Myerson said the defeat of Stop & Shop was one of his more gratifying moments as a BOT member, as the supermarket would have caused innumerable traffic problems for the village.
He also said that he would regret not being on the BOT when the Stop & Shop property is eventually developed. His hopes for the village include development on the waterfront property near the municipal parking lot, the construction of a promenade in the village, and the resolution of the parking situation. Myerson will continue to serve on the BOT until the April reorganization meeting.
On March 18, Mayor Durkin is up for re-election as is Trustee Marta Genovese. Both are members of the Community Party. The party has tapped Lisa Aberle to fill Myerson's seat on the BOT. Ms. Aberle is currently chairman of the Village of Roslyn's Zoning Board. There is no opposition to those three candidacies.