Ballot set for uncontested North Hills village election

Noah Manskar
The Village of North Hills Board of Trustees is pictured. (Photo from

North Hills voters will decide next Tuesday whether to re-elect two longtime trustees who say they have kept the village on the right track.

Trustees Elliott Arnold and Phyllis Lentini are the only two candidates on the ballot for the June 20 village election. Both are seeking their fourth full four-year term on the Board of Trustees.

“We’ve been part of the same team for like 15 years,” Arnold said in an interview last month.

Arnold was first appointed to the board in 2004 and elected alongside Lentini in 2005, 2009 and 2013. He worked as a health and life insurance broker before selling his insurance business and moving into real estate two years ago.

Lentini was first appointed to a two-year term on the board in 2003. She is the widow of former village Mayor John Lentini, who died in 2002 and for whom the Village Hall is named. They ran a real estate business together, from which Phyllis Lentini retired in 2007.

Arnold said he wants to continue overseeing the village’s construction projects, including the second phase of the Ritz-Carlton Residences condominium complex and a planned 20-home subdivision at the former site of the historic Insifada Retreat House.

Another major project, the new world headquarters of Dealertrack Technologies, an automotive industry software company, is set to open June 21.

“We’ve built some very really beautiful projects but we’ve kept them where they don’t hurt the beautification of the village,” he said.

Lentini echoed that in an interview last month, saying the village has so far succeeded at allowing these large projects while maintaining the village’s character and appearance.

But the village still has “some loose ends” to tie up on the projects that are currently under construction, and the board wants to ensure the subdivision plans are given the same scrutiny as other projects.

Also during their tenure, the trustees have overseen the implementation of a shuttle service between the Village Hall and the Manhasset Long Island Rail Road station.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Arnold is active in the Nassau County Village Officials Association and does charity work for North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and the Viscardi Center, an Albertson-based nonprofit serving people with severe physical disabilities.

Lentini has also been active as a parishioner at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manhasset.

Polls for the June 20 village election will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Hall, located at 1 Shelter Rock Road in North Hills.

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