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Some results in 10 contested village races on Long Island

Residents turn out to vote in the Hempstead

Residents turn out to vote in the Hempstead Village elections at Jackson Main School on Tuesday evening, March 21, 2017. The village was one of 10 on Long Island to hold contested races Tuesday. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

This story was reported by Rachelle Blidner, Khristopher J. Brooks, Sophia Chang and Stefanie Dazio. It was written by Chang.

Voters took to polls across Long Island on Tuesday to vote in village elections. Ten villages in particular had contested races for mayor or trustees.


Incumbent Mayor Allan Dorman was re-elected with 507 votes over former trustee Neil J. Munro, who got 258 votes. In the race for two open trustee seats, incumbent Michael Zaleski was re-elected with 484 votes, and newcomer Burhan Kisla was elected with 487 votes. Trustee Diane Olk received 278 votes, and newcomer Mario Carbellano received 275 votes.


In the race for two open trustee seats, incumbent Daniel Pearl won re-election with 919 votes, as did incumbent Tina Schiaffino with 1,048 votes. Adam H. Dulberg garnered 393 votes. Village Administrator Peggy Caltabiano said turnout was especially high this year. She said, “We had 1,429 voters ... the last big election was in 2005 and that was 1,200 voters. This is way over what we normally have.” She attributed the increase in voters to a judges’ race.


In the race for two open trustee seats, incumbents Kevin S. Muldowney and Mary E. Adams defeated former village treasurer Joan Crockett. Muldowney had 786 votes, Adams had 610 votes and Crockett had 343 votes.


In the race for two open trustee seats, incumbent Joseph Juliano won re-election with 183 votes, and newcomer Dan Driscoll won with 249 votes. Candidate Charles Puglisi garnered 166 votes. Mayor Henry Schreiber won re-election unopposed.


Newcomer Dennis Siry was elected mayor with 1,488 votes over candidate Nick LaLota’s 1,260 votes. Incumbent trustees Jessica T. Bernius got 1,340 votes and Kevin P. Smith got 1,434 votes, both winning two open seats over former Mayor James Wandell’s 1,248 votes and candidate Stephen Greenwald’s 1,278 votes.


Mayor Robert Kennedy was re-elected with 3,933 votes, defeating both former Mayor Andrew Hardwick and attorney Stephen Drummond. Hardwick received 1,352 votes and Drummond got 1,331 votes.

Two open trustees seats were won by Kennedy’s running mates, Carmen Piñeyro and Ronald Ellerbe, in a race against Juana Prado, Frank Grossman, Phillip Prestamo and Angel Vargas. Piñeyro got 3,699 votes and Ellerbe won with 3,714 votes. Prado received 1,502 votes, Grossman got 1,460 votes, Prestamo had 1,288 votes and Vargas took 1,284 votes.


Results were not immediately available for the race between incumbents Mary Bess Phillips and Julia Robins, and resident Paul Kreiling, for the two open trustee seats. Candidate Lucy Clark, also known as Mary Given, told the village board that she dropped out of the race.


Councilman Don Ryan was elected mayor, defeating three-term Mayor Wayne Hall Sr. and Henry Salgado.

LaMont Johnson and Charles Renfroe were elected to two trustee spots, defeating incumbent Councilmen Luis Figueroa and Waylyn Hobbs Jr. and challengers Darrell Garner and Sherina Lucas.

Vote tallies were not immediately available Wednesday morning.


Robert Miller was elected mayor with 751 votes, defeating trustee Christopher Anderson, who got 573 votes. The position will be abolished at the end of the year but is needed to guide the municipality back to being an unincorporated part of Brookhaven Town. Trustee Victor Viola was re-elected with 746 votes; planning board member Fred Krage won the other trustee seat with 733 votes, defeating Diana M. Soldano and Christopher A. Ricciardi, who got 581 and 583 votes, respectively.


Challenger Deb McDermott, 49, was by far the top vote-getter among the three candidates vying for two trustee seats. She received 725 votes. Incumbent Dina Epstein won a second term, getting 466 votes. Incumbent Jeffrey Vitale had 422 votes.


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