Below are elections being held on Tuesday around the Town of North Hempstead:

East Hills

A call for fresh ideas has led to a clash of old versus new in the Village of East Hills contest for mayor and two trustee seats.

Three candidates representing the East Hills Advocacy Group have taken aim at the incumbents, calling for new ideas, ethical accountability and the reduction of costs and taxes.

The incumbents said the trio is spreading misinformation and creating a heated atmosphere and have no political experience to run a village.

The advocacy group's mayoral hopeful, Matthew J. Weiss, and trustee candidates Jonathan Penn and Gregg Resnick are challenging the 16-year mayor, Michael Koblenz, and incumbent trustees Gary Leventhal and Peter Zuckerman for the four-year seats.

"I'm just a concerned and engaged resident who got annoyed and more annoyed," said Weiss, who has lived in the village for 12 years.

Weiss, Resnick and Penn said they want to make village decisions more open to the public, cut the salaries of elected officials and create a friendlier atmosphere when dealing with the Building Department.

The incumbents say the village is running well. The $11.4-million budget is balanced and taxes are paying down a voter-approved bond that was used to build the Park at East Hills.

"There are no issues," said Koblenz, a resident for 24 years. "We're taking care of ourselves. We're running a surplus."

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The challengers pledge to cut the trustee and mayoral salaries by 50 percent. Documents provided by Village Attorney William Burton show that the mayor's salary this year is $60,060, while trustees are paid $21,524 a year.

Leventhal, a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch and volunteer firefighter who has lived in East Hills for 32 years, said the councilors and mayor took a salary increase beginning in 2006 because of increased workload due to the park. The village does not have an administrator, which means the board does much of that work, he said.

Both Zuckerman and Leventhal said maintaining services without increasing costs has been and is a focus for the board. Bringing sanitation services in house was one way the board has cut costs. "We know what we're doing," Leventhal said.

Zuckerman, 42, an attorney and trustee for eight years, also wants to make sure the park remains for the pleasure of the residents, not be treated as a means to make money off villagers.

Penn, 35, a three-year resident, is vice president of sales at the online advertising firm Magnetic. He wants to establish programs for preferred vendors to give discounts to residents for oil, insurance, utilities and other services.

"We just want to give a new, fresh and innovative look," Penn said.

Resnick, 44, owner of the interior alteration firm Allied Arborcraft Corp. and a six-year resident, said the park needs to be more efficient. "It's costing a lot of money and we have to figure out how to make it more cost-efficient," Resnick said.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 209 Harbor Hill Rd.


Mineola's board of trustees will see some shuffling as one incumbent and two other candidates, including the current mayor, vie for two open two-year seats and a current trustee runs for mayor.

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Lawrence Werther, 58, was appointed village mayor when then-Mayor Jack Martins won a State Senate seat in November. Werther is now running for trustee while current trustee Scott Strauss is seeking the mayoral seat.

Also looking for a seat on the board are Nassau Downs OTB data communications manager George Durham and Christopher Wales, a customer service supervisor at Capri Album.

Werther, a trustee for eight years, said he will focus on downtown revitalization, filling storefronts and attracting shoppers.

"If we can generate more revenue off properties like that, we can keep the taxes off the residential [tax rolls]," said Werther, a financial adviser who moved to Mineola in 1980.

He said he should be a logical choice, given his record. During his tenure, the board reduced fees for disposing municipal waste, decreased the budget deficit and made government more accessible, he said.

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Durham, 47, served on the community planning committee that formed the master plan, and from 1999 to 2003 was chairman of the downtown revitalization subcommittee, which installed pavers, lights, benches and planting downtown.

The lifelong Mineola resident lost a trustee race in 2006. He said he wants to ensure senior affordable housing is completed as part of the Winston condominium project on Old Country Road. Reducing debt also is a goal.

"We shouldn't be living above what we can afford," he said. "We can't saddle our children with debt."

Wales, a village resident since 1988, pledged to focus on repairing roads, reducing energy usage through alternative power and expanding youth-focused village activities. He also wants to promote the Mineola Auxiliary Police to help increase its ranks and boost civic participation.

He said the time is right for new trustees. "I would like to give back to my village," said Wales, 49. "It gave me a good place to live for 20 years."

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mineola Community Center at Village Hall, 155 Washington Ave.

Williston Park

In Williston Park, incumbent Barbara Alagna and challenger James Bumstead are vying for an open one-year board of trustees seat.

Alagna was appointed trustee in April 2010 when Beth Swendsen-Dowd left the board to become a village justice. The election is to fill out the term.

Alagna, a resident since 1987, ran a catering business with her husband for 20 years. After closing the business, she went back to secretarial work and was Williston Park's village secretary from 2000 to 2006.

The trustee wants to focus on keeping costs down while maintaining services. "Everyone is dealing with less money, and everything is costing more money," Alagna said. "We don't want to say in a blasé way, 'Let's just increase taxes.' "

Bumstead, 77, said one reason he chose to run was that he doesn't like elections with unopposed candidates.

A resident since 1991, Bumstead worked as vice president and manager at a Fleet Bank branch in Mineola for 20 years. He was president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce for three years in the late 1980s, and he said his managerial and financial background would serve him well on the Williston Park board.

Bumstead said he would focus on quality-of-life issues, such as repairing potholes and cracked sidewalks.

"I hope my impact is going to be my wisdom I'm going to impart if I'm elected," he said.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 730 Willis Ave.

East Williston

The three candidates in the East Williston trustee election are all first-time candidates for one open seat, but share deep ties to the community.

Caroline DeBenedittis, 46, a homemaker running on the Involved Party line, has lived in East Williston for 13 years and is chairwoman of the village's recreation committee, a member of the PTO at the Wheatley School and founder of the school's wrestling booster club.

She said she's familiar with the village's top quality-of-life issue: teenagers hanging out on the village green. DeBenedittis, who lives nearby, said she has witnessed the ruckus that the groups of teens can cause and tried to divert their attention to youth activities hosted by the recreation committee.

"I presented the teens with different activities that will keep them out of trouble," she said.

For Robert Shannon, 37, who is on the Community Party line, the village needs to find a compromise with the teens.

"We want to make sure they feel safe and independent, but right now a lot of people feel it's a concern," said Shannon, who has lived in the village for four years, is the owner of a roofing company, president of the local chamber of commerce and a member of the village planning board. But the village's finances are a top priority, he said.

Bonnie Parente, 41, who has lived in the village for almost eight years, is the human resources director for the New York Racing Association, as well as a member of the village board of zoning and appeals.

"I think there are a lot of issues out there where it's going to be difficult to make everyone happy, but every issue has to be analyzed with a business state of mind," she said.

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 2 Prospect St.

Roslyn Estates

Mayor Susan Ben-Moshe said she loves her job and has been a responsive and inclusive official for the 12 years she's been in office.

Her challenger, Jeff Schwartzberg, said that, if elected, he would see that the village is run more like a business.

"I don't know what he means," Ben-Moshe said. "We have a very efficient staff who go to courses to perfect their knowledge of running the village, we balance our budgets, we respond to residents, we take care of the roads."

Ben-Moshe, 66, and a 20-year resident of the village, touts among her accomplishments the connection of about 25 homes to the Nassau County sewer system and the establishment of a tree maintenance and removal program in coordination with the State Emergency Management Office.

Schwartzberg also said he would like to introduce term limits -- something Ben-Moshe said isn't needed at the 407-home village.

"Experience counts and makes a big difference," Ben-Moshe said. "I've established relationships with many people, local and state officials which once in a while can help the village. My experience is invaluable."

The mayor's seat is a two-year term.

Schwartzberg, 56, says he will rely on his business savvy to run the village.

"The village is a business that needs to be managed more proactively," he said. "I believe government should act more like business and focus on how it can do more for the stakeholders, our village residents."

Schwartzberg suggested that trustee terms should be limited to six or eight years.

"Certainly nothing longer than the president of the United States," he said. "That's enough; you need the next person to come with fresh ideas."

Schwartzberg, a real estate executive based in Lake Success, has lived in the village since 2002. He has served as the chairman of the village zoning board for the past seven years.

"I'm running because I am deeply passionate about this community and I want to ensure it maintains, and, where necessary, returns to the values, vision and vigor that made Roslyn Estates one of the most desirable places to live, while being able to move forward," he said.

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 25 The Tulips.

With Sophia Chang

and Deborah S. Morris