Platform

  • I oppose all borrowing by the Suffolk County government that is not for a natural disaster, or possibly a long-term capital benefit, where the costs are paid for by the revenue generated. ALL OTHER borrowing on our county’s future is unacceptable. This will force the county government to live within its means, just like our residents do, and make choices as to what we can and can not afford.
  • Budget items should be treated as individual items, NOT one giant spending appropriation. No general overrides of an entire budget should be allowed.
  • The county budget should be in place well BEFORE election day. The only reason it is not are that legislators are afraid their shenanigans will be reflected at the polls. And they should be.
  • Rather than using the traffic laws to generate revenue from law-abiding citizens, free the police departments to fight crime and gangs that are taking over our streets. Is someone going slightly over the speed limit on the L.I.E. really more important than murders in our neighborhoods, and dead bodies being discovered on our beaches? Let’s get our priorities straight, and let the police fight real crime.
  • The rights and interests of the people of Suffolk County should be paramount.
  • High Taxes and onerous regulations are destroying our county, and forcing our children to leave, and move to other states. Every company that leaves, takes OUR children with it. And the high property taxes turn our homes into rental properties that are in reality owned by our landlord, Suffolk County. Our residents cannot afford more tax increases. And that means that Suffolk must balance it’s budget to prevent further tax increases.
  • The Red Light Camera Program in Suffolk is simply another revenue generating device by a cash-strapped county. There is clear evidence of the abuses and outrageous liberties taken with the law and the safety of our motorists. I support Stephen Ruth’s fight to have the entire Red Light Camera Program halted, until full engineering studies are performed, and the entire program’s data examined by experts for validity. The newest fee levels are merely another way to grab more money from citizens that are hardworking and law abiding, and this is an excessive and unfair tax upon people who can least afford it.
  • A more civically engaged and better informed citizenry is necessary for government and for NY’s government to function more effectively. It is also REQUIRED by the New York State Constitution. We must make Civics education a priority!
  • New York’s ballot access laws are unfair and designed specifically to get incumbents re-elected. Let’s streamline the process to make it easier for regular people to run for office.
  • Elections and government in general should be administered in a non-partisan rather than bi-partisan manner. Let’s reform the Board of Elections, so that it’s no longer a patronage mill.
  • New York’s education system should be a student first agenda, with a curriculum primarily determined by parents, local educators and administrators, with an emphasis on higher standards and life skills, as opposed to a one size fits all approach like Common Core, focused exclusively on standardized testing. The parents and local community know what is best for their children.
  • ALL elected officials should be subject to term limits.
  • To support voter choice and voter empowerment, we strongly support allowing people to make laws for themselves through “Initiative and Referendum”, i.e. ballot referendums submitted by the people.
  • Our political districts have become a joke. They are there only to keep the current parties in office, and are biased and racist. I will fight to get new district lines redrawn fairly, and based on communities, not political or ideological divisions.
  • Government at all levels (Washington D.C., New York State, Suffolk County, and City Hall) have become too dominated by special interests, lobbyists, big money and professional politicians and that citizens would be better served by more of an emphasis on citizen legislators. I am anti-lobbyist and pro people.
  • I favor a New York State Constitutional Convention. The argument against it, is that the politicians would hijack the convention and use it to change the New York Constitution to benefit themselves, and to the detriment of the people of New York. Sadly, this is already happening, as the New York State Legislature can already change the State Constitution, that is how we magically got casinos in New York. By having a constitutional convention, the people just might get a voice, which is why the politicians are so against it. We have nothing to lose, and much to gain by having one.