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Roslyn Estates trustee elected as write-in but aims to retire

Going against the will of the people, Roslyn Estates trustee Sandy Joel Siff is retiring.

Siff, 73, tried to leave office in February when he opted to not file a petition for re-election. But with 15 people writing in his name in the March 15 election, he was re-elected after serving 12 years as a trustee.

Siff, who works as a financial planner, said he wanted to retire from his village post to spend more time with his 15 grandchildren, four children, and wife, who is retired.

“I’ve always believed in term limits, that people are there for a period of time and then should be able to give new people the chance to get involved,” Siff, a 46-year resident of the village, said Thursday.

Mayor Jeff Schwartzberg said he would likely appoint a new trustee in May.

“He was a terrific board member, he was a very honest guy, and always a very sensitive guy, concerned about people’s safety, and transparency,” Schwartzbert said of Siff.

Voter participation was low in the election, with 23 votes going to Dr. Brian Feingold, a trustee who was seeking re-election unopposed. Roslyn Estates has nearly 1,300 residents.

Siff said he was “flabbergasted” by the results and that friends teased him with a quote from “The Godfather Part III,” when Michael Corleone says, “Just when I thought I was out . . . they pull me back in.”

Siff said he was proud of his efforts on the board, advocating for the state to change the timing of traffic lights to prevent accidents and reducing speeding throughout the village.

“Hopefully, we get the next generation to get involved,” Siff said.

A story about a Roslyn Estates trustee retiring incorrectly listed which village she had served.

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