Look who is running for Cedarhurst trustee: Incumbents Dan Plaut and Myrna Zisman run unopposed


Cedarhurst village Trustees Dan Plaut and Myrna Zisman are up for re-election on March 19. Both are running unopposed for the four-year terms. Plaut for his second full term and Zisman for her fifth.

The village board of trustee’s main responsibilities includes managing the budget of the village, as well as safety and security.

“It’s laser focused that the money should be used carefully and diligently with respect to the village residents as well as the businesses in the village,” Plaut said.

During his previous term, Plaut served as a liaison to the Nassau County Police Department, helping to maintain resident security, he said.

“I have been fortunate enough to get grants for our village through our Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel,” Plaut said, which was used for a new camera system protecting areas such as Andrew J. Parise Cedarhurst Park.

Plaut filled a board vacancy, when former Trustee Ronald Lanzilotta stepped down in 2019. Plaut was re-elected in the postponed election of 2020.

“I view being an elected official in our beloved village as one of the great honors of my life,” Plaut said. “I cherish every moment and take it seriously.”

Going into the next term, he plans to continue making security the number one priority in the village, with maintaining beautification of the community, second.

“Our park is a shining star for our village as well as residents in the neighboring areas,” Plaut said of Cedarhurst Park.

He has also helped with initiatives to plant more trees throughout the village in his previous term, a project he plans to be robust with moving forward, as well as the maintenance of the business district, where he obtained a grant for a special garbage truck for additional pickups, Plaut said.

“We started special collections just with our regular trucks,” Plaut said. “We’re waiting for imminent delivery of this special truck.”

Plaut also serves on the architectural review board and will continue in that role, maintaining the quaint feel of the business district.

Zisman has been serving as a trustee since 2006, also holding a position on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a year when she started.

“What I can tell you, more than anything else, is that I love the Village of Cedarhurst,” Zisman said.

Her priorities in her time serving have also included maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the village.

“We’re worried about all kinds of things going on outside of our community,” Zisman said, stating that she knows the vulnerability of the Five Towns, and finds it important to recognize that the village is not isolated. “We’re hoping for peace all over the world, especially in Israel.”

She will continue to put the business district at the top of her priorities, Zisman said.

“We’re working very hard with our mayor and the rest of our board to make sure Cedarhurst remains a viable village,” Zisman said. “We’re the only ones that have the line of retail stores that we do.”

Zisman has also worked with the Republican Jewish Coalition, Rep. Anthony D’Esposito and former Congressman Lee Zeldin.

Both Plaut and Zisman have grown families living in the Five Towns and look forward to being elected to another term on the village board, they said.

Voting is from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Ave. in Cedarhurst.