Challengers grabbed control of the New Hempstead village board in Tuesday night’s elections. New Hempstead’s election revolved around concerns about development, with residents fiercely protective of their village’s semi-rural character. Longtime Trustees Solomon Fuerst and Paul Mundt, who received 284 and 279 votes, respectively, fell to challengers Adam Reich and Avroham Sicker, who received 360 and 365 votes, respectively, according to unofficial results. The two seats were for four-year terms. Incumbent David Weiss also lost his seat to Shalom Mintz to fill an unexpired, two-year term. Weiss received 290 votes, while Shalom Mintz received 352, according to unofficial results. In Hillburn, Trustee Bonnie O’Blenis held onto her seat. O’Blenis received 65 votes, which was enough to beat out challenger Thomas Scott, who received 45. There was a single write-in ballot. Scott who joined the board in 2010 when O’Blenis resigned, won a seat outright in 2011 but lost in 2013 to Eleanor DeGraw. O’Blenis returned to the board in an uncontested trustee race in 2014 and was seeking her second term.” Complete Journal News reporting here.
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