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Mayor Wurzel of Sands Point Named Citizens of the Year by the Community Chest

The Community Chest of Port Washington announced the selection of Leonard Wurzel as its “Citizen of the Year,” for a lifetime of volunteer achievement. The Port Washington community is invited to come honor Leonard Wurzel on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Chest awards ceremony, held at the Community Synagogue.

The Port Washington Community Chest established the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award, more than 20 years ago to honor outstanding volunteer service in the field of health, education and welfare in the Port Washington community.

“Leonard Wurzel has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all, and we are proud to recognize him as Citizen of the Year,” said Richard Strautman, President of the Community Chest.

In Port Washington, Mr. Wurzel is most known as the Mayor of Sands Point, a position he had held since 1989. Prior to that, he served on the board and as chairman for the Sand Point Zoning Appeals Board, and on the Board of Trustees, and as Building and Water Commissioner.

During his tenure as mayor, the Village of Sands Point has grown from 300 to 900 homes. A major achievement, Mr. Wurzel was instrumental in the purchase of the IBM property by the village, to be used as a golf and country club to preserve the more than 200 acres.

In addition, Mr. Wurzel has worked extensively with the steering committee for the Shared Visioning Process for Port Washington, the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Washington and Jefferson University and earned an MBA from Harvard University. In addition, he served in the U.S. army from 1941 to 1946, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritous service in connection with military operations from Jan. 17, 1944 to May 8, 1945. Mr. Wurzel founded Calico Cottage Candies, and prior to that was president of Loft Candy Corporation.

Leonard and his wife Elaine moved to Sands Point in 1953 and both sons attended Port Washington schools. The Wurzel’s have three grandchildren and a great grandson.

The community is invited to attend the free Citizen of the Year event and to support Mr. Wurzel through the Citizens of the Year Journal. For more information, contact the Community Chest office at 767-2121 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to view the Community Chest Powerpoint Presentation.