Incumbent Avena to be challenged by Costa in Manorhaven elections

Rose Weldon
Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena is being challenged in the village election this year by Vincent Costa. (Photo courtesy of Mayor Jim Avena)

Manorhaven Mayor Jim Avena is being challenged for his position by resident Vincent Costa in the village’s upcoming September mayoral election.

As confirmed by Village Clerk Sharon Abramski, a slate of candidates in Avena’s Manorhaven Residents Party will face off against a group from the Manorhaven Liberty Party headed by Costa.

Running for two open seats on the village’s board of trustees on the mayor’s slate are Deputy Mayor Priscilla von Roeschlaub, who seeks to maintain her trustee seat, and Zoning Board of Appeals member Joseph Zimbardi, running for the seat being vacated by sitting trustee Ken Kraft.

On Costa’s slate as trustee candidates are resident Walter E. Peters and local business owner Harry S. Farina.

Avena, a former trustee, first ran for mayor in a tightly contested election in 2016 against former mayor Gary Pagano. He, von Roeschlaub and Kraft were all elected that year and were all unopposed for re-election in 2018.

Kraft had announced his intent to not seek re-election in January, citing a desire to “enjoy the winters in Florida, a much warmer climate.”

The Village of Manorhaven is scheduled to hold its election, which was delayed by the state due to issues surrounding the coronavirus, on Sept. 15.

Further details to come.

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