ROSLYN ESTATES, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)– A trustee in the village of Roslyn Estates thought he was in the homestretch, hoping to retire to spend more time with his family.

He instead ended up getting reelected to another term, CBS2’s Mark Morgan reported.

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Sandy Siff said he was in disbelief when he found out he had been re-elected to the board of trustees in the Village of Roslyn Estates.

It was surprising because Siff didn’t run for re-election, his name wasn’t even on the ballot. But he received enough write-in votes to result in him winning one of the two open seats, even though he didn’t ask for it.

“I said wow, that they thought highly enough to come out, vote, and give me a vote of confidence, that ‘hey we like you, we need you, we want you, and you’re serving the community’ and I said that’s unbelievable, so i was shocked!” he said

Village clerk Bryan Ramirez said he understand where voters were coming from.

“He’s such a good person and he gives a lot to the community. I can understand why people wanted him back,” Ramirez said.

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After 12 years on the board, Siff initially decided to hang it up. He and his wife Carolyn have lived in a quiet community for 45 years, raising their four children and now enjoying their 15 grand kids.

“Being involved with family, being with them… I had like a crunch time of saying I had to reduce certain things,” Siff said.

Now Siff has a decision to make. After over a decade on the board of trustees, does he bow to the will of the people and return for another term?

“I still have to weigh that and we have to discuss it further and see how our lives intertwine with community participation,” he said.

“It’s his time and his choice, whatever he wants to do,” his wife Carolyn said.

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Siff has until April 30 to make his decision.