Town of Smithtown Supervisor

Posted: 10/24/2017 11:10:00 -04:00 Updated:

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William G. Holst - D, WF, WEP

Background
Holst, 65, of Nesconset, is an assistant Suffolk County attorney who is making his third run for supervisor. He is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He is a former Suffolk County clerk, county legislator and deputy commissioner of consumer affairs, and former president of the Greater Smithtown Chamber of Commerce. He is also former city attorney for Long Beach and former assistant Smithtown Town attorney. He graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s degree, and received a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He is married, with two children.

Issues
Holst said downtown revitalization would be a priority. He said he had experience working with municipal leaders and assembling grant money after leading the county legislation’s Downtown Revitalization Citizens Advisory Panel in the late 1990s. He would create a citizens’ advisory committee for town capital projects to ensure public input. He said he would fix or eliminate “eyesores” such as several Long Island Rail Road trestles he said need painting, and recommence a town lawsuit to force Oasis Gentlemen’s Club to move from its location near the bull statue on Route 25A.

Kristen Slevin - NA

Background
Slevin, 40, of the hamlet of Smithtown, is running on the None of the Above party line. Along with her husband, she owns Yottabyte, a craft chocolate and candy shop off East Main Street. Originally from Smithtown, she graduated from Hauppauge High School. She is married, with two children.

Issues
Slevin said she would push for term limits for all elected town positions “to ensure that new voices are always coming up.” She would change the at-large council system to one with district representation, which she said would give more of a voice to residents from hamlets straddling town borders. She would add more information to public meeting agendas and resolutions and post them further in advance. She said she would require new building or extensive renovation on main streets to be in the Colonial style, leveraging the town’s place on the historic George Washington Spy Trail.

Edward R. Wehrheim - C, IN, R

Background
Wehrheim, 69, of Kings Park, a town board member, is making his first bid for supervisor on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. He is a Republican serving his fourth term as a councilman and is a former director of the town’s parks, buildings and grounds department. Wehrheim is originally from Kings Park and graduated from Kings Park High School. He is married and has two children.

Issues
Wehrheim said he would work on “vital” commercial development of Smithtown’s downtown area, starting with sewer construction. He would go to the bond market to pay for an estimated $10 million in needed improvements and repairs to town recreational facilities, work that would include rebuilding ballfields, updating playground equipment and repaving cart paths at the golf course. “They do need attention, they need work, and through bonding and smart expenditure of funding,” he said, “I’m sure we can do it.”

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