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On the Environment

General Overview
 Upon taking office, we will begin to put together a Climate Action Plan similar to the ones adopted by other towns. (See East Hampton’s here.) Input will be sought out from the town’s various departments, the environmental council, local environmental groups, and all interested citizens.


Apprenticeship Program

As we continue to roll out our policy plans for a concrete way to preserve Islip, for now and future generations, today we're going to touch on our labor policy.
The Town of Islip cannot grow without sustainable, smart building projects and developments. However, alongside growth, we must consider the importance of organized labor that has been protected by American unions for well over a hundred years. Unions make our economy stronger and support the workers who built Long Island. Unions provide well-paying jobs with good benefits and improve the quality of life for their members. Attempts to reverse Long Island’s “brain drain,” the exodus of our younger generations from their hometowns, must involve expanding the pool of available careers that can support a family. Unions provide these careers, and, increasingly, young people are drawn to these jobs, avoiding the high cost of college and finding purpose in a craft or trade.


Climate Change

The crisis of climate change is already manifesting in myriad ways, from extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy to the heat wave this summer that brought Islip’s heat index to over 110 degrees. Due to its geography, Long Island will be increasingly susceptible to the impact of climate change over time. Obviously, we cannot turn back the climate clock by ourselves, but, just as obviously, there are things the Town of Islip must do to address this crisis that the current administration is failing at. Our town needs leadership dedicated to both preparing for increasingly extreme weather events and alleviating as much already existing damage as possible through enacting smart policy.


Transparency & Accessibility

A well-functioning government must be transparent in how it conducts business and spends taxpayer money, readily available in responding to constituent needs, and accountable to its residents alone. It shouldn’t require a FOIL request or a deep dive through Newsday’s archives to discover how the Town Council voted on an issue. Town hall meetings shouldn’t be held at times that make it impossible for working residents to attend.


Affordable Housing

Long Island is dealing with an affordable housing crisis and the Town of Islip must take a lead in addressing it. Housing costs are driving families away from Long Island, forcing them to leave their hometowns and start lives in more affordable locations like North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. This crisis is cross-generational: both retirees and young people struggle to afford living on Long Island. As a result, Suffolk County’s population is falling, even as the population of our country grows. Outside of the human toll inflicted by unaffordable housing, the decline in population it leads to comes with economic consequences. Fewer residents will result in measurable decreases in real estate tax revenue, a reduction of qualified employees in the labor pool for local businesses and the Town of Islip, a reduction in the consumer base for existing businesses, and fewer opportunities for new businesses. Despite some big talk, our local government has thus far offered very few tangible solutions.


Water Quality Action Plan - Tree Planting

Our bay is sick. The beaches are closed to swimming throughout the summer because the water isn't safe for our children. We need a plan to address the dangerous levels of nitrogen and bacteria flowing into the Great South Bay. That's why today I'm proud to announce the first phase in my Water Quality Action Plan:



Parks and Fields

The Town of Islip has 97 park facilities. Some are in decent condition but far too many, especially those in Brentwood and Central Islip, are in complete disrepair. There’s unkempt grass, poor drainage, broken ball fields, unfenced playgrounds, and many other signs of poor oversight and mismanagement. Necessary repairs, such as those at Roberto Clemente Park where the toxic waste dump scandal occurred, languish in bureaucratic purgatory. Our residents deserve better.
This issue is unique to Islip when compared to other localities on Long Island, and it isn’t an ongoing problem because we lack the funds to repair our facilities. No, mismanagement and simple apathy are the reasons that Islip Town residents must drive to other towns to use parks in decent condition, and why parks in neighboring towns from Babylon to Brookhaven put ours to shame.


No Developer Funding

The Town of Islip must be accountable to its residents and only its residents. When political candidates take money from big developers, it means that those candidates are then beholden to interests other than those of town residents. It means that, when elected, those candidates make decisions that disregard the needs of the community, the existing infrastructure, existing densities and local quality of life, and consider chiefly the needs of their donors, the big developers who make money by exploiting our space and resources.
This is why my team and I pledge not to accept any financial contributions from developers such as those behind the Island Hills project and the Heartland project. Our focus is where it should be - on the best interests of our town, and our citizens.


Good Government Pledge

A well-functioning government must be transparent in how it conducts business and spends taxpayer money, readily available in responding to constituent needs, and accountable to its residents alone. It shouldn’t require a FOIL request or a deep dive through Newsday’s archives to discover how the Town Council voted on an issue. Town hall meetings shouldn’t be held at times that make it impossible for working residents to attend.


Pot Holes

During this campaign, we’ve used the #AngiesIslip hashtag to collect and document the endless evidence of the current administration’s failure to properly maintain even your most basic infrastructure—  roads. But you were well aware of the condition of our roads well before this campaign started. Islip’s roads are riddled with cracks and potholes. It is ugly and it is dangerous, and considering how much we pay in meter fees that are supposed to go towards infrastructure repairs, downright embarrassing.
Sadly these conditions persist, and even seem to be getting worse, despite the steady increase in overtime payouts to town workers over the last three years.



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