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New mayor takes over in Baxter Estates, with nothing but write-in votes

Baxter Estates voters took to pen and paper for another mayoral election, and this time they didn't write in the current mayor.

With 81 votes, trustee Nora Haagenson was written in to the post -- a job for which no one filed petitions. The incumbent, Fred Nicholson, said in a February interview he was considering "bailing out" of the post.

On Thursday, a day after the vote, Nicholson said he did not run a campaign because he was expecting to retire, though he still received six votes. He said he "congratulated Nora -- she got a good turnout."

"I gave it eight good years, and I am handing off a baton that's pretty strong," Nicholson said.

The Gold Coast village on Manhasset Bay has a long history of write-in elections. Haagenson was first approached to run for trustee as a write-in in 2011, after no one filed petitions for the mayor and two trustee spots.

"I can't even give you a good answer," Haagenson said, when asked about that history. "That had not been done before 10 years ago."

Haagenson, a retired English teacher who has lived in the village since 1975, said in an interview Thursday she was "overwhelmed by the support and the confidence my neighbors have in me."

The exiting mayor said he was most proud of infrastructure projects within the village. A key achievement was the village's 2013 purchase of the historic Bird House, now Village Hall. The village has a better-run court since he took office, Nicholson said.

After Nicholson did not file petitions to be on the ballot, he said in February he was "ditched" by his running mates, Haagenson and Charles Comer, who on Wednesday won re-election as trustees.

Now that she is the elected mayor, Haagenson said she expects the board to appoint a trustee to replace her on April 9.

The unsalaried position took its toll on Nicholson, who said the role became "exhausting toward the end."

Chuck Idol, a local activist who has pressed for a federal ban on a chemical used to preserve telephone poles, received two write-in votes.

Village Clerk Yvonne Whitcomb said no fictional characters were written in.

On the East End, Greenport voters elected a new mayor. George Hubbard Jr., a trustee, won the post over Julie Lillis. Hubbard, who owns an auto repair shop on Shelter Island, continues a family tradition. Beginning in the 1960s, his late father, George Hubbard Sr., served as a mayor and trustee for close to 40 years.

"To me, it's very exciting being on the board. You work with everybody," Hubbard said, adding he hopes to end bickering at village meetings. "I have a different way of leading things."

Mastic Beach voters elected Maura Spery, a trustee, as mayor of the village that incorporated in August 2010. Mayor Bill Biondi is retiring.


Referendum to expand a pension-like benefit for the village's firefighters passed 427-265 voting against. The proposal will credit eligible firefighters 62 or older $20 a month for each year of service up to 40 years.


Mayor: Trustee Nora Haagenson elected. Haagenson received 81 votes, to 6 write-ins for current Mayor Fred Nicholson.

Trustees (2): Nora Haagenson (77 votes) and Charles Comer (80) won unopposed. Haagenson must decline the trustee victory to become mayor.


Trustees (2): Jorge Martinez (2,180); Debra S. Mule (2,160); former Mayor Andrew Hardwick (1,089)


Trustees (2): Incumbent Lawrence Katz, 331; incumbent Gerald Schneiderman (286); Jonathan Stein (229)


Mayor: Trustee George Hubbard Jr. (343) defeated Julie Lillis (80).

Trustees: Doug Roberts (245) and Jack Martilotta (265). Incumbent Dave Murray (149) and challenger Bill Swiskey (156) lost.


Trustees (2): Incumbents Don L. Ryan (1,001); incumbent Perry M. Pettus (796); Hempstead school board president Lamont Johnson (246); Hempstead Housing Commissioner Marcia Turner (341); Wall Street accountant Jewel Lynette Butler (372); school administrator Ida Rowe (297); former NYPD Det. Dennis Jones (330); real estate broker Lenora Long (213)


Mayor: Trustee Maura Sperry elected mayor 601

Trustees (2): Anne Snyder 669 and Christopher Anderson 653 won the two spots.


Trustees (2): Incumbent Stephen W. Shybunko (99); incumbent Jeffrey S. Owen (87); John E. Damianos (38)


Trustees (2): William Grogan (222); Mary Carole Schafenberg (191); Orlando Sa (89); Peter Genova (82)


Mayor: Edwin A. Fare was re-elected, defeating challenger Martin Peter Zirpolo 1,979-745.

Incumbent trustees Vincent Grasso (2,032) and Dermond Thomas (2,003) were also re-elected, defeating Ingrid G. Izaguirre (664) and Johanna C. David-Young (666).

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