Incumbents file to fill six trustee, two village justice seats across Roslyn

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(Photo courtesy of Village of Roslyn)

The three Roslyn villages will see only familiar names when they head to the polls next month.

Roslyn Deputy Mayor Marshal Bernstein, who was first elected as a trustee in 1995, said this will likely be his last term on the board because “we should bring some younger people in” as trustees.

“I think what we have is a Board of Trustees that listens to our citizens,” Bernstein said. “We have a smooth functioning government. We don’t normally have major controversial issues come up. Like other municipalities around here, we’re trying to abide by the state rule about limiting the increase in real estate taxes. We’ll see what happens this year.”

Roslyn village Justice Andrew Weitz is also seeking re-election for his position overseeing the village court.

Weitz, who was elected in 2014, said he has spent his first term focused on being fair and helping to provide counsel for those in his court who could not afford or obtain representation.

“You can’t do substantial justice when someone has a criminal charge and they don’t have representation,” Weitz said. “When they don’t have representation, they don’t have money and they are in a severely disadvantaged disposition.”

Weitz said he has also seen a number of residents in his court for traffic violations and accidents at the Walbridge Lane and Old Northern Boulevard intersection, which is a  right-turn-only intersection.

The intersection, which combines a blind curve and a steep hill on a heavily trafficked four-lane truck route, originally had three signs telling drivers to turn right and Weitz has asked the Nassau County Department of Highways to add four more along with an on-road arrow directing traffic to the right.

“The excuses are amazing,” Weitz said. “I’ve got to figure out a way to address that problem.”

Trustee Craig Westergard, who was first elected in 2000, is also seeking re-election.

Attempts to reach Westergard were unavailing.

In Roslyn Harbor, Trustees Sandy Quentzel and James Friscia have filed to run for another four-year term in the March 20 village elections.

Quentzel was appointed to replace Cheryl Mora in 2012 and was elected in 2013.

Friscia was elected in 2012 after spending a few years on the village’s planning board.

The Roslyn Harbor village justice position is also up for election this term, and Timothy O’Rourke, the associate village justice, is running unopposed to fill the seat of Justice Charles E. Parisi.

Roslyn Harbor village Clerk Marla Wolfson said the associate village justice is appointed for one year, but the elected village justice serves a four-year term.

“Both justices have the same authority over cases that come before them,” Wolfson said. “In our village, they sit pretty much equally, but the court is considered to be that of the village justice.”

Attempts to reach Quentzel, Friscia and O’Rourke were unavailing.

In Roslyn Estates, incumbent Trustees Stephen Fox and Brian Feingold are the only two who filed petitions to run.

Fox was elected as a write-in candidate to replace Paul Peters when he transitioned to mayor last year.

Attempts to reach Feingold and Fox were unavailing.

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