Brookhaven Town Clerk - Women's Equality

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Brookhaven Town Clerk - Women's Equality:

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Donna Lent:

Background:
Lent, 64, of Medford, is running in a Women’s Equality Party primary. She also is running on the Independence, Conservative and Republican Party lines in the general election. She is seeking her second term as Brookhaven Town clerk. Lent, who grew up in Brentwood and West Babylon, graduated from West Babylon High School in 1970. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in multidisciplinary studies. She is married with three children.

Issues:
Lent said she was tapped to reorganize the town’s archived records, bringing them into compliance with New York State Archive and Record Administration guidelines since being elected in 2013. She’s also credited with overseeing the implementation of Brookhaven’s electronic content management system, which included the digitization of over 18 million pages of records. “When I came here, they had been talking for years about scanning all the town records, and putting a plan in place,” she said. Lent said she’s worked hard to make sure the needs and concerns of the community have been addressed, such as safeguarding records. “The Town clerk is about service to the constituents and that’s how I conduct myself. I don’t take days off to garden or go shopping. It’s about service; not about politics,” she said.

Cindy Morris:

Background:
Morris, 39, of Stony Brook, is running in a Women’s Equality Party primary. She is also on the Democratic and Working Families party lines in the general election. Morris is originally from Davie, Florida, and moved to Brookhaven Town 13 years ago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University in 1999. She received a master’s degree from that university in tourism administration the following year. She is single with two children.

Issues:
Morris said she would advocate to extend the clerk’s office hours to later in the evening and on weekends. She’d also fight for a mobile clerk’s office that would move throughout the town to be more accessible to disabled residents or those without transportation. “I’m looking to bring transparency to Brookhaven. It starts with the clerk’s office. People of Brookhaven deserve a government that works for the people,” Morris said. In addition, she would have Town Hall meetings live streamed on Facebook where residents could comment and share the information in hopes of making the board better understand the public. “Right now, to be able to participate, you have to be at Town Hall at 5 p.m. on a Thursday. That’s not realistic for most people,” Morris said.

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