TTom Hand, Louis Imbroto and Michele Johnson should be re-elected to Oyster Bay’s town board for their continual efforts to assist residents and businesses.
The Democratic challengers are very passionate about their desire to serve and were able to voice clearly what they believe is wrong with town government, but unable to offer much in the way of suggestions on how to make things right.
Hand, who was elected in 2017, was the chairman of the Massapequa Water District Board of Water Commissioners and on the executive board of the Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners Association. We need his expertise to protect the waterways.
He’d like to see the addition of exercise equipment at Centre Island Beach and expansion of food operations at Theodore Roosevelt Park. And Hand wants to improve transparency by announcing projects before they begin. A lack of transparency is something that residents have complained about for years.
Johnson grew up in the town and now lives in Locust Valley. She became involved in government to give back, she said, and can often be found at events throughout the area. But she isn’t there to speak as a councilwoman. She wants to enjoy what is taking place, never forgetting that the hamlet is her hometown.
Quality of life is important to her. She wants to target funds to resurface Fireman’s Field, which residents have complained about for many years.
She would also like to use The Farm, the 26-acre Littauer estate in Oyster Bay Cove that the town bought more than a decade ago. Johnson would like to see walking tours there so people could enjoy the ponds, pastures and gardens.
Louis Imbroto chairs the Quality of Life Task Force. Two dozen zombie homes have been eliminated under his watch, and he created a zombie home registry. Plywood was used to board up abandoned houses, but under Imbroto, polycarbonate, which is like plexiglass, must be used instead.
He’d like to see an administrative court established at Town Hall to handle code enforcement. Keeping it inhouse would be more efficient and not depend on “the whims of the court,” he said.
We believe the three Republican incumbents have solid ideas that would benefit the Town of Oyster Bay for years to come. Vote for them on Nov. 2.