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Village residents across Long Island go to polls on Tuesday

Several villages across Long Island will hold contested elections on Tuesday — but in Roslyn Estates, the race for two open trustee spots has one declared candidate.

An incumbent, Dr. Brian Feingold, is the sole candidate on the ballot for the two spots. The village will allow write-in candidates or Mayor Jeff Schwartzberg can appoint a successor.

In Mastic Beach, lawsuits and disputes over petitions have clouded the race for two trustee seats. Incumbent trustees Betty Manzella and Bruce Summa are running together for re-election.

Challengers Joseph Johnson and Darrin Harsch lost a lawsuit last week seeking to get back on the ballot after the Suffolk County Board of Elections ruled their nominating petitions were invalid. They will run as write-in candidates.

In Head of the Harbor, the mayor’s position and two trustee seats are open. Mayor Douglas A. Dahlgard is seeking re-election along with two incumbent trustees — L. Gordon Van Vechten and Judith C. Ogden. Challenger John Lendino is running for mayor, and John DePasquale for trustee. The top two finishers for trustee will win the posts.

Dahlgard said the current board works well together and has kept taxes below the state-mandated tax cap. Lendino said he would bring better transparency to how village laws are amended.

Development issues are the focus of the elections in Mineola and Lindenhurst.

In Mineola, two trustee seats are open. Former Mayor John Colbert is running for a trustee seat and says he is opposed to large apartment complexes being built in the village. Former Mayor Larry Werther is running on a platform of opposing developer tax breaks.

Incumbents Paul Cusato and deputy Mayor Paul Pereira are running for re-election to the two trustee seats. They favor recent development proposals and tout the village’s fiscal stability.

In Lindenhurst, the mayor’s seat and two trustee seats are open. Law student Kenneth St. John is running for mayor against the incumbent, Thomas Brennan. St. John says he wants to offer tax breaks to fill the village’s empty storefronts, while Brennan noted that his administration has attracted multifamily development.

Challenger Richard Renna and incumbents Michael Lavorata and Joan Masterson are vying for the two trustee seats. Renna said the village should try to attract young families through downtown revitalization. Lavorata said the current administration has worked to improve the look of businesses on Montauk Highway.

East Williston’s sole trustee seat up for election is the focus of three candidates: incumbent Chris Siciliano, former Mayor Anthony Casella, and challenger Ellen Ritz.

Siciliano said during his first term as trustee, he has helped the village rebuild after superstorm Sandy and he intends to continue the village’s water supply negotiations. Casella said he wants the village to continue to source its water supply from Williston Park instead of building its own well. Ritz said her years as the East Williston school board president could help the village negotiate more effectively.

Water issues also resonate in the Northport election. Incumbents Damon McMullen and Jerry Maline and challenger Joseph Sabia are seeking two trustee seats.

McMullen said his work upgrading the wastewater treatment plant improved the harbor’s water quality. Maline said he helped the village renegotiate a cost-effective long-term contract with its police force. Sabia said he’d streamline village bureaucracy if elected.

In Patchogue, incumbent trustees Lori Devlin, Thomas Ferb and Jack Krieger are seeking re-election to their three seats and facing a challenge from newcomer John Cucci. The incumbents said they’ve effectively revitalized the downtown area.

Mayor Paul Pontieri is running unopposed, and trustee Susan Brinkman is unopposed in a special election to complete the remainder of her appointed term.

In East Hills, two trustee seats are open. Deputy Mayor Emanuel Zuckerman and trustee Clara Pomerantz are seeking re-election. Zuckerman said during his terms, the village has had a balanced budget and Pomerantz said she’s developed community programs for kids and seniors.

They are being challenged by newcomers Neil Foster and Jana Goldenberg.

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