City/Town of Residence
Prior Civic Service
President, Greater Herricks Civic Assoc.
Manager, Merillon Athletic Assoc.
People move in a community for a number of reasons. They include Job opportunities, Quality of life, and Top Rated Schools.
We created a Business and Tourism Development Corp. to help attract and support businesses, thus creating jobs. We need to make our Building Department processes more streamlined and continue to help improve the permit process. We are adding people to that department to assist in their efforts.
Quality of life is measured by the services and aesthetics of our community. We have, and continue to spend millions of dollars in upgrading and beautifying our parks. Each year we spend over 2 million dollars for road repairs. We continually repair our sidewalks, this helps maintain our property values.
Of all the Towns in Long Island, North Hempstead has the most difficult task of providing affordable housing. This is primarily because we do not have much land to develop. Of any developments being proposed we must look at a percentage earmarked as affordable. We must look at areas where commercial businesses are not successful and rezone those areas and develop them as residential. We need to look at the potential of creating apartments in our downtown areas and above the stores.
We in North Hempstead have a large aging population. We need to identify specific needs by household so we can customize and prioritize our pre and post storm actions. We must evacuate our most vulnerable and insure preparedness for others. We need to expand and fully stock our shelters. We must develop a program where Gas Stations have generators so gas will be available. We need to aggressively trim trees and remove weakened and dangerous trees and debris from our streets. We need to develop a wellness check strategy so we can follow up with those in need.
City/Town of Residence
Garden City Park/New Hyde Park, NY
Prior Civic Service
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Sunday School (CCD) teacher - Holy Spirit Catholic Church, provide elder law documents to local seniors at substantially discounted rates
We need tax relief for seniors, particularly those that have been long time residents of a neighborhood, and are on a fixed income. We also need affordable housing for young people, which currently is unavailable in many neighborhoods in Long Island. To keep young people, there must be a combination of highly skilled and unskilled jobs that pay well with health benefits, along with affordable housing, up-to-date infrastructure and other things that allows young families to stay in Long Island. We need to invest in future industry growth, as well as in infrastructure and smart tax reform that benefits middle class families. Protection and encouragement of union workers is an important way to protect the middle class. Revitalizing down towns and providing affordable housing are also things that can attract young people to stay in Long Island. Providing incentives and protections for maternal and paternal leave, as well as flex time for working parents is another way to keep the youth
I would support efforts to require low income/middle class housing units in certain construction projects, and/or to set aside certain projects specifically to provide low income/middle class housing units. As mentioned above - providing the housing by itself will not alleviate the problem. Long Island needs well paying jobs, both high skilled and low skilled, with health benefits, in combination with investment in infrastructure in a fiscally responsible manner. A component to this solution is increasing the minimum wage in this state. Wages have stagnated or declined for many middle class families, while costs have skyrocketed. Young people, even highly educated youth, cannot afford the high standard of living in Long Island. Increasing the minimum wage, protecting and encouraging union workers, and other measures, in combination with setting aside specific low income/middle class housing will start us on the path to slowing the exodus of young people from Long Island.
I would work with FEMA, the Army Core of Engineers and other agencies/organizations to have a hurricane/storm surge plan ready in case we have to implement it. I would also try to implement policies that reduce or eliminate some of the causes of climate change by encouraging recycling, the use of renewable energy where possible, reduce or eliminate the use of single use plastic bags, encourage sewer use rather than septic tanks, invest in mass public transit systems and encourage car pooling. I would encourage policies that reduce the carbon footprint of residents in Long Island to reduce the causes of the climate change that we are seeing. Protecting our water sources are of critical importance, and regular testing must be continued. Infrastructure planning must include plans on how to protect and preserve our water sources in the event of a serious hurricane, and to have policies in place, like requiring gas stations to have generator power available in such an event.