Incumbents in board of trustee elections in both the Village of Roslyn and the Village of Roslyn Estates faced no formal opposition in the March 18 elections. However, both villages will have new faces on their respective boards.
In the Village of Roslyn, Mayor John Durkin was the leading vote getter with 95 votes. Incumbent Trustee Marta Genovese had 83 votes, while Lisa Aberle, who was tapped to fill the vacancy left by Nolan Myerson's retirement from local politics, received 86 votes.
Ms. Aberle served most recently as chairman of the village's Zoning Board.
"The biggest issues we have is the inconsistent business in downtown Roslyn, plus revitalizing the downtown area," Ms. Aberle said. She added that the current B.I.T.I. lawsuit is a concern to her and her neighbors.
In the Village of Roslyn Estates, a write-in candidate, Hal Pasetsky, received enough votes to fill another vacancy, this one left by BOT member Todd Street.
The deadline for filing for a candidacy in Roslyn Estates was Feb. 10. As that date came and went, it was speculated that a write-in candidacy would emerge to fill Street's place on the BOT. And that is exactly what happened.
Pasetsky, who announced his write-in candidacy only weeks before the March 18 votes, received 32 votes.
With 53 votes, incumbent Mayor Susan Ben-Moshe was handed another term. Incumbent Trustee Judith Tartell received 45 votes.
Seymour Reisman, the longtime Village Justice, received 49 votes in another re-election bid that received no formal opposition.
Pasetsky's write-in candidacy wasn't the only one in the village.
Mel Ehrlich received 3 write-in votes for mayor, while Pasetsky had 1 vote for the same position.
Pasetsky's successful write-in candidacy was met with another write-in vote. Jeff Borowick, a former school board member, received 4 write-in votes. Louis Heisler had 3 write-in votes for Ms. Tartell's BOT seat. Borowick also received 3 write-in votes for Justice Reisman's seat.
Both villages, as with other municipalities in the Roslyn area, are currently working on their 2009-2010 budgets.
Nolan Myerson served on the BOT for 14 years. His time there included a stint as deputy mayor and as chairman of a committee that drafted the village's Master Plan, a document that would serve as a guidepost for future development in the village. Prior to serving on the BOT, Myerson was president of the Roslyn Civic Association.
As he announced his decision not to run for re-election to the BOT, Myerson stated that 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.