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Roslyn Harbor Mayor Yvette Edidin resigns

The mayor of Roslyn Harbor has stepped down after six years, citing her family's relocation to Los Angeles.

Yvette Edidin has been succeeded by Deputy Mayor David Mandell, who is running to replace her in a special election scheduled for March 19. Edidin said this week that she would retain her home in Roslyn Harbor.

In September, she and her husband moved their children to a school district in California -- her husband's firm has an office there -- and Edidin said then she was contemplating leaving.

But then, superstorm Sandy happened.

Edidin was working from California, and the distance, said Mandell, created a perception problem. "People wanted to know where she was."

Some residents, he said, sent emails and left irate phone messages for the village, demanding action against the Long Island Power Authority. "People wanted to see a point person out there yelling and screaming," Mandell said.

Edidin said the criticism was unfounded, that being in California had brought advantages during Sandy. "I was able to call the shots from there."

Mandell, who owns five supermarkets on Long Island and in Queens, will run to fill the remainder of Edidin's term. She was re-elected to a four-year term in 2010. Sandy Quentzel, who was appointed last year to fill a trustee vacancy, will also run in the special election.

Mandell said he would continue road work projects the village started, and work to cut costs. The village is running a deficit, Mandell said, and taxes, which have been lowered by about 2.5 percent the past two budget years, may rise by about 2 percent.

Other than that, "It's a pretty sleepy village," Mandell said. "We'd like to keep it that way."

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