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Four candidates vie for 2 Munsey Park trustee seats

Munsey Park, which last year had its first contested election in two decades, faces another one next week, with incumbents Susan Auriemma and Jennifer Noone, and challengers John Lippmann and Eileen Cuneo, running for two trustee seats.

Auriemma, 45, of the Village Party, has been on the board for two years. She is a stay-at-home mother.

She is a 13-year resident of the village and co-chaired the Coalition for a Safer Manhasset, an advocacy group focused on pedestrian safety. Auriemma cited her experience in government and working with other elected officials as setting her apart from other candidates.

"No one has the experience that I have in working within the local government structure," she said.

She said she wanted to expand the village email list and resume its print newsletter, adding that the village needed to address its roadway infrastructure and tree replacement after superstorm Sandy.

Cuneo, 48, joins Auriemma on the Village Party line. Cuneo has lived in the village for 21 years, and is a sales lead at Crate and Barrel in Manhasset.

She said she wanted to increase communication between the village and its residents, in addition to increasing the village's social-media presence to reach younger residents. She said she also would like village meetings to be live-streamed online.

"I'd like to have more involvement and more interaction, and hear more about what residents think," Cuneo said.

Noone, 35, is running on the Residents for a Better Munsey Park line for her first full term. She was appointed to the board in September. She was a corporate attorney before becoming a stay-at-home mother.

Noone served on the village's architectural review board, and was co-president of the Manhasset Newcomers' Club. She has lived in Munsey Park for seven years, and said she wants to stay on the board to continue projects that she's undertaken, such as working on roadway improvements and overseeing a new garbage contract.

"Our roads are in terrible condition," Noone said, adding that the board will have to work to include funds for repair in the next budget.

Lippmann, 37, is running for trustee, also on the Residents for a Better Munsey Park line. He is a commercial real estate finance professional.

He has lived in Munsey Park for three years, and serves on the village's building advisory committee and the Manhasset school board's citizens advisory committee for finance.

Lippmann said serving as a community liaison during last year's dispute over an antenna the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District erected in the village made him realize he wanted to serve in government.

He said his experience in real estate would help in future infrastructure projects in the village, and said it was important to maintain a balance between change and tradition.

"My talents, my energy and my background could be applied to help the village where I live," he said.

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