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Town of Oyster Bay Council Members

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    Robert K. Freier (DEM, WFP, IND, WEP) Owner, Executive Search Firm

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    Thomas P. Hand (REP, CON, TRP) Town of Oyster Bay Councilman

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    Louis B. Imbroto (REP, CON, TRP, REF) Councilman

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    Michele M. Johnson (REP, CON, IND, TRP) Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman

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    Eva M. Pearson (DEM, WFP, IND, WEP) Program Director, Academia.

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What viable tactical steps are you proposing that would attract people to your city/town and keep current residents from leaving Long Island for other states?

What specifically will you do to increase the availability of low income/middle class housing, rental as well as ownership, in order to keep our young people from leaving and to attract other young people to our communities.

Since we are seeing the effects of climate change in the form of serious hurricanes and other weather events here and elsewhere in the country, what will you do to strengthen the infrastructure of our towns and cities to deal with the aftermath of such events?

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Campaign Phone (516) 419-1272
City/Town of Residence Oyster Bay
Prior Civic Service OBEN School Board
We need to make our business climate viable in our villages. We need to attract young entrepreneurs who want to have start up businesses who can live and work in their neighbohoods in buildings and apartments that already exist that are currently vacant. We need to improve
We have great schools in our Town so people are already attracted to living here We need to clean up our government so young families feel that they have a future in Oyster Bay We should improve our local downtown villages by encouraging new businesses that can transform our villages into vibrant hubs of commerce and venues for social gatherings Fix streets ,improve parking so young families can spend time together locally instead of being forced to travel outside the area This will encourage more housing and rentals in our villages for young people and new families to move here and stay
Regardless of climate change the Town of Oyster Bay has not put money back into Oyster Bay it has been wasted on pay to play, attorney fees and programs that exist to get incumbents re-elected, instead of annual examinations and evaluation of our infrastructure I would develop 5 year plans to systematically improve our infrastructure and proactively put money aside for infrastructure. I also want to begin educational programs that will prepare our citizens for any type of disaster because we can see that those who are prepared to take care of themselves have a much better chance to survive and help others before government can get there
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Campaign Web Site http://bobf4tob.com
Campaign Email bobf4tob@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (516) 232-4906
City/Town of Residence Woodbury, NY
Prior Civic Service Former Trustee, East Williston School District.
Residents and businesses are leaving Nassau County and the Town of Oyster Bay because it's not affordable. Our children are also not coming back because of the same reason. Our property taxes are some of the highest in the country due to an unfair assessment system and corruption. Oyster Bay has raised our taxes by over 30% in the last 4 years while inflation has been close to zero. This is purely a corruption tax. The indictments are an embarrassment to all of us. I am running because I cannot sit back and let appointed Joe Saladino and his team continue the practices of the past. The hiring of Mangano aid Brian Nevin and a next door neighbor for Controller proves nothing has changed. Our team has embraced smart growth development. We will create exciting, walkable downtowns and still preserve our suburbs. This will increase revenue and attract young families. By doing that, our debt and budget will get on solid footing and eliminate the need for these ridiculous tax increases.
Smart downtown development is a key part of our platform www.oysterbaydems.org/issues. Farmingdale is a great model that we have embraced for Transit Oriented Development. It's proven that it works as Farmingdale is now thriving. When elected, our slate will lead and advocate for more development like this. Places like Hicksville are ripe for this kind of development. It would bring a vibrant downtown Hicksville that will be a sought-after destination to live and visit. These types of developments are important for growth in Oyster Bay. This must also be done in an environmentally friendly way and employ local workers who are properly trained and paid prevailing wage. These must also address affordable housing to not only attract young people who are just starting out on their own but also seniors who live on fixed incomes.
The Town of Oyster Bay is blessed to be surrounded by water from the Long Island Sound to the Atlantic Ocean where beautiful Tobay Beach is located. Our town must work together with the County, State, and federal governments to protect and reinforce our shorelines. Hurricanes and Super Storms will come again. We must strengthen our building codes to ensure that homes can better withstand these storms. I believe in science. Climate change is real. We have seen proof of that on Long Island. I will always support officials that acknowledge the effects of global warming.
Campaign Email thplus3@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (516) 640-1228
City/Town of Residence Massapequa Park, NY 11762 Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County New York
Prior Civic Service Former Commissioner of Massapequa Water District January 1, 2012 – May 23, 2017 Past President- Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association
The Town of Oyster Bay is a picturesque community that has so much to offer. Our beautiful beaches, bays and communities are a natural draw and the perfect reason for people to want to work and reside here. As the town board tackles the issues of reducing debt and improving our bond rating we are able to hold the line on taxes and provide a value proposition second to none. Under Supervisor Saladino’s leadership we anticipate a reduction of $85 million in town debt this year alone. A zero increase budget is being proposed ensuring that the Town tax remains the smallest part of our residents overall taxes (13%), while school taxes comprise 67% of your total taxes.
Revitalization of our downtown communities include rezoning, as requested by local residents and civic groups, to allow for senior, veteran and young family housing. Hicksville was awarded a $10 million grant from New York State to help transform downtown. These plans add to the $132 million MTA investment to improve transportation on the Long Island Rail Road. The Town also received a New York State grant to help combat vacant homes. The Town of Oyster Bay works tirelessly on securing State and Federal grants while maintaining some of the best parks and recreation locations in our Country.
As an island community we are aware of the risks of climate change and serious weather events. The Town of Oyster Bay received $10 million from NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. These funds are being used for storm resiliency and hazard mitigation projects. We are strengthening our infrastructure in storm surge zones, ensuring generator power, and investing in shoreline erosion and flooding mitigation projects. We are committed to protecting our residents and communities through extensive contingency planning. I have worked in the private sector for over three decades and will work hard to provide value, service and integrity to our residents.
Campaign Web Site http://imbroto.com
Campaign Email louis.imbroto@gmail.com
City/Town of Residence Plainview
Prior Civic Service Former prosecutor, Town of Oyster Bay Board of Directors, Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau County Member, Nassau County Bar Association Member, Chaminade Alumni Lawyers Association Member, Knights of Columbus, St. Pius Council Member, Order Sons of Italy in America, Giuseppe Verdi Lodge President, LIincs
We must lower property taxes to keep Long Island affordable for middle class families and competitive for small businesses. We must preserve our suburban quality of life, prevent over-development, and ensure our town does not become the sixth borough of New York City.
Lower property taxes so young people can afford to live on Long Island, and invest in attainable, responsible development near transit centers to attract young people to revitalized downtowns.
We must invest in our roads and transportation infrastructure, while increasing disaster preparedness in the case of a severe weather event or other emergency.
City/Town of Residence Locust Valley
Prior Civic Service Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman
As your Oyster Bay Councilwoman, I have worked tirelessly to constrain government spending while delivering critical services for residents. Throughout my time in public service, I have advocated for efficiencies that save you money. In fact, the 2018 Town Budget will NOT increase taxes thanks to many cost-saving initiatives approved this past year. Additionally, decisions made this year will result in an $85 million REDUCTION in Town debt – the greatest reduction in Town history. We all know that Town taxes are the smallest part of your tax bill (only 13%), while school taxes comprise 67% of your total taxes. More must be done at the State level to combat the high cost of school spending. I commend former Assemblyman and current Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino for approving a property tax cap to protect our residents.
For several years, I worked with my colleagues on plans to improve the downtown Hicksville business district. This summer, the Town of Oyster Bay won a $10 million award from Governor Cuomo and the State of New York for redevelopment of the downtown. Together with community leaders and local civic organizations, the Town drafted and is advancing plans for rezoning the downtown area and incorporating new housing opportunities for senior citizens and young families. Our plans build off the recent MTA investment of $132 million in the Hicksville LIRR station, and together, we are transforming downtown Hicksville into an attractive, vibrant area for families and senior citizens.

The Town has been successful on many fronts when it comes to securing grants. Grants are important as they provide critical funds for our Town while not burdening local taxpayers. This year, the Town was awarded $350,000 in State grants to help combat the vacant home (Zombie Home) crisis that plagues neighb
Under my watch, the Town applied for grants to better protect and prepare our communities from Mother Nature. Recently, the Town of Oyster Bay was awarded $10 million from the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. These funds are being used for storm resiliency and hazard mitigation projects - critical projects that strengthen our infrastructure in storm surge zones and provide safe locations with generator-power for first responders, evacuees and emergency workers. The Town plans to construct traffic light upgrades along roadways that are used for safe and secure passage during and after storms. Solar-powered LED lightbulbs are being installed and backup solar-powered retrofits to ensure major roadways and those surrounding key facilities remain lit during power outages. Additionally, these grant funds are being invested in a shoreline erosion and flooding mitigation projects. We will do all we can to protect our communities from future storms.
Campaign Web Site http://ElectEva.com
Campaign Email ElectEvaPearson@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (516) 802-0040
City/Town of Residence Farmingdale
Prior Civic Service Presently work in academia creating and supervising social justice internships for undergraduate college students.
The reason residents and businesses leave LI can be summed up in one word: affordability. The Town of Oyster Bay recently raised taxes 11.5% in order to pay the nearly 900 million dollar deficit created by the existing Town government. The TOB Democratic slate platform contains our full plan of how we'll address this fiscal mismanagement. (http://oysterbaydems.org/issues) Specifically we would: call for an immediate independent audit so as to ascertain exactly how tax money is being spent; identify areas where cost savings could occur through a line-item review of each department’s budget; and increase revenue by identifying areas for smart growth development. Downtown revitalization projects would also increase the tax base which would help reduce the exorbitant debt created by the previous administrations. Creating a Long Island that is affordable for both young, single residents as well as families is the first step towards preserving LI's history and securing its future.
Smart downtown development is a key initiative of our slate. I live in the village of Farmingdale which has been widely recognized as a leader of Transit Oriented Development. Having personally witnessed the positive effects of such a development, as a councilwoman I would use my own hometown as a model, and identify and encourage similar transit-oriented downtown developments. One area located within the Town of Oyster Bay that has already been identified as ripe for such a development is Hicksville. These developments are important both as an impetus for future growth, and as an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient way to retain Long Islanders.

However, there are some policy changes which can be addressed immediately.For example, future developments MUST include 20% affordable housing (not negotiated to 10%, as has often been done). I would also advocated for the implementation of housing that is specifically designed to serve the needs of those who are differently-abled.
As the waterways of the Town of Oyster Bay are part of a continuous shoreline, it is essential that the townships, county, state, and federal, governments work together to identify long-term solutions. As a councilperson I would coordinate with other local governments (Towns, Counties & State) to ensure the response to natural or other disasters is coordinated, and that all resources are being utilized wisely. Given that Long Island’s emergency response systems have, unfortunately, already been tested with prior events such as Hurricane Sandy, we have the opportunity to assess what works in our system, and what doesn’t. To that end, I would confer with the Long Island VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to learn both what has worked in the past, and what problems were encountered that need to be ameliorated. At the macro level I would support politicians that acknowledge the effects of global warming, and policies that are environmentally conscious.
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Campaign Web Site http://www.versocki4tob.com
Campaign Email versocki4tob@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (516) 232-4906
City/Town of Residence Village of Sea Cliff, Town of Oyster Bay
Prior Civic Service Former Assistant Attorney General, NYS Office of the Attorney General; Commissioner/Treasurer Sea Cliff Youth Softball/Baseball League; Volunteer Coach North Shore Soccer League; Flag Football Coach Fundamental Sports; Member Nassau Bar Association
The biggest challenge facing Long Island is affordability. I am sure every resident has many neighbors, friends, and family who have moved off of the Island because of the high cost of living. I’m running to end the culture of corruption that has existed in our Town for over 20 years, and fix the financial disaster that it has brought. In the past year, the Town has raised our Taxes 11.5%, (33% in the past 5 years) in an attempt to get us out of the $900 Million dollars of debt they’ve accumulated. These tax increases are simply unsustainable; unless we stop the rampant tax increases in Oyster Bay, we will be unable to attract new residents to the town because of the high cost of living.

Alongside cleaning up the Corruption, we need to invest in smart growth development, many of our communities have the potential to develop vibrant downtowns. We want to work with residents to build walkable downtowns in their community that will help attract new residents, especially young people
Smart-growth development is very important to me. We want to work with residents in each hamlet to assess what makes sense for their community and develop a Master Development Plan for the entire Town. One noticeable trend on Long Island is that the areas with vibrant downtown communities such as Farmingdale & Patchogue are all developed in villages, which have their own zoning decisions. This has left the communities on Long Island such as Hicksville without any Master Plan; I want to change that. The development of vibrant downtowns are essential to stop the ‘Brain Drain’ we’ve been experiencing, and help bring talented young people into the Town

In order to ensure we are increasing the available housing stock for low and middle income families and residents, I want to implement higher thresholds on the affordable housing in all future development; increasing the percentage of affordable housing units provided from 10% to 20% in order to ensure our residents aren’t priced out.
The Town of Oyster Bay needs to immediately address the effects of climate change, which is real. Our Town stretches from the North Shore to the South Shore, and we have already witnessed the devastating effects of climate change when Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island in 2012. It isn’t a matter of if another storm is going to hit the island, it’s a matter of when, and we need to be prepared for the next climate event.

As a council person I will coordinate with County, State & Federal government to ensure we are doing everything we can to get the Town of Oyster Bay prepared and ready for the next natural disaster. We need to our the natural barriers, including wetlands, to help limit storm surge impacts and also improve storm related infrastructure, including our sewer and water treatment plants. Planning with our state and federal counterparts for storm preparedness is also key to protect our citizens and families.

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