Brookhaven Town ClerkPosted: 10/27/2017 16:40:00 -04:00 Updated:
Donna Lent - C IN R WEP
Lent, 64, of Medford, is running on the Independence, Conservative, Women’s Equality and Republican party lines. 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, and graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies. She is married, with three children.
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 said she has overseen the implementation of Brookhaven’s electronic content management system, which included the digitization of more than 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 - D, WF
Morris, 39, of Stony Brook, is running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. She runs her own consulting business and is a part-time chief operating officer for an East Hampton nonprofit. Morris received a bachelor’s degree in political communication and a master’s degree in tourism administration, both from George Washington University. She is married and has two children.
Morris said she would use the town clerk’s office to “let people know what is happening at Brookhaven meetings and let people know what happened at Brookhaven meetings.” She said some residents feel “disengaged” from town government, and “feel like they’ve given up on our town.” Morris said Brookhaven government is saddled with a bad reputation stemming from past corruption cases. “The number one way we can fight that reputation of corruption . . . is if we open up our town council meetings to the public in a more thorough way” and “bring honesty and transparency to our office,” Morris said. She said she would improve transparency by showing town board meetings on social media and inform community groups of issues affecting their neighborhoods. She said she wants to improve town services by making it easier for residents to obtain permits. For example, she said town employees could bring handicapped-space parking permits to residents in the town hall parking lot so they don’t have to come inside. She said she would improve service without increasing costs. “Our services have gone down the last few years,” she said. “If our taxes are going to have to be exorbitant, then our level of service should be at its highest, and it’s not.”