South Floral Park and Williston Park have new mayors, as challengers defeated incumbents in yesterday's village elections. And in Kensington, where voters saw two names on the mayoral ballot for the first time since 1996, the incumbent was re-elected.
Here are results for Long Island's contested elections:
South Floral Park
Challenger Geoffrey Prime bested Mayor Angel Soto.
Soto, who was among the first Hispanic mayors in New York State, said he was surprised by the upset but respectful of the will of the voters.
Prime ran on promises to create a more open government, increase public participation and cut costs by installing energy-saving equipment.
Susan Lopatkin was re-elected as mayor of the tiny Village of Kensington, defeating Gloria Markfield.
There are about 800 registered voters in the village.
Markfield and Lopatkin, the mayor for the past two years, agreed during the campaign that it's important to maintain the charms of the small village, home to 320 houses and an apartment building with 96 units.
The two incumbents running for re-election in Northport Village, Tom Kehoe and Henry Tobin, bested challenger Bill Friedman.
Friedman, a real estate attorney, had been an outspoken opponent of the village's recently-enacted historic preservation law. He said it added layers of required approvals for owners of houses 100 years or older seeking to change a home's exterior.
Tobin supported the historic preservation measure while Kehoe voted against it.
Challenger Paul Ehrbar was elected mayor of the Village of Williston Park, besting the man who defeated Ehrbar's wife during the last election. Teresa Thomann and Kevin Rynne were elected trustees.
Incumbent Ludwig Odierna lost to Ehrbar.
Judy Ogden used a write-in campaign to unseat incumbent trustee Heiko Folkerts. Incumbent Meg Shutku was re-elected.
Thomas Powell and Peter Hayes were elected as trustees of the Village of Sea Cliff, defeating Joe Krupinski. Hayes is a semiretired banker and Powell is an environmentalist.
Officials were still tallying the vote totals last night in a contest with three incumbents and three newcomers, two of them write-in challengers who mounted a last-minute campaign opposing spending and tax increases.
The village is divided into four sections, each of which nominates a candidate. The four typically run in uncontested races, village officials said.
The candidates chosen by their respective associations were incumbents Donald T. Brudie, Nicholas P. Episcopia, and John J. Watras. The fourth seat is vacant and Brian C. Daughney is the nominee.
Write-in candidates Ron Tadross and Ray Rudolph said they entered the race late largely over concerns about the budget.
Officials were still tallying results late Tuesday.
Mayor Jean Celender ran an a team with trustees Ted Rosen and Pamela Marksheid. The challengers - Stuart Hochran, for mayor, with trustee candidates Michael Glickman and Scott Schwartz - said during the campaign that revitalizing the village's downtown depends on making parking more accessible.