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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.


Cleaning Our Bay
Our bay is sick, and nitrogen is the main culprit. As Supervisor, I will end the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers on all town-owned properties and work with local environmental groups to help get the word out to home-owners about the role our lawn care plays in polluting the Bay.
While the cost of sewering is too much for the Town to take on alone, I will use my position as Supervisor to advocate for increased sewering projects with our county, state, and federal representatives to help bring sewers to all of Islip. Additionally, it is important that increased sewering does not come with increased population density, as that will neutralize the benefit.
I will also introduce a tree planting program, wherein we plant native trees that will help retain water to help alleviate our storm water run-off problem. This program will be focused on areas that are unsewered and along our creeks and waterways for maximum effect.


Clean Energy
We will install solar panels on town-owned buildings and properties where possible. 
When purchasing new vehicles for the town’s fleet, we will begin to purchase electric vehicles where cost effective.
We will be aggressive in pursuing state and federal grant monies for clean energy initiatives. The current administration has fallen behind while other towns on Long Island have taken advantage of these programs.


Water Quality

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:
“Addressing Stormwater Runoff Through a Native Tree Planting Program”
When rain falls to a natural surface, it soaks into the ground. However, when it falls onto paved surfaces - it can't soak into the ground. Instead, it carries many different pollutants - including nitrogen, pesticides, bacteria, and other unsafe substances - and brings them to our creeks, streams, rivers, and the bay. It causes flooding and erosion, and disturbs natural habitats.
Trees, particularly trees that are native to the area, decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and pollutants that reach our water. They capture the rainfall, naturally filter it, and release it into the atmosphere. Additionally, they improve air quality, and increase property and aesthetic value.
As Supervisor, I will implement a program to plant more native trees in areas near our creeks and in parts of town that lack sewers, which will result in less nitrogen and bacteria flowing into the Great South Bay. I will advocate and lobby for funding from the state and county for this tree program. We can clean our Bay while also keeping our town a beautiful place to live - it's a win-win.


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.
Yet, currently, Islip is the only town on Long Island that does not have an apprenticeship law. This is shameful, and, when elected, my team and I will enact the following apprenticeship regulation:


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.


Community Development Agency (CDA)

Today, as we continue to talk tangible ways to address the challenges facing our community, I'm going to talk about the CDA.
The Town of Islip’s Community Development Agency (CDA) has two roles: it assists low and moderate income residents through housing and public service programs and it works to eliminate blighted and deteriorated conditions in the Town's neighborhoods and commercial districts.


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.
Unlike our competitors, the Islip Democrats are committed to providing good governance that is responsive to the needs of all Islip residents. We want to ensure that Islip residents can easily access information about our procedures, decisions and operations, and just as easily make their voices heard by the Town.


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.



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