Brookhaven Town Council Member, 1st District

Posted: 10/27/2017 16:51:00 -04:00 Updated:

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James Canale III - C, R

Background
Canale, 26, of Port Jefferson Station, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He is making his first run for public office. Canale is a part-time driver/messenger in the Brookhaven Town Department of General Services. Canale graduated from Comsewogue High School in 2009 and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and communications from SUNY Oswego. He is single.

Issues
Canale describes himself as a progressive Republican who is pro-union, supports environmental conservation and advocates green energy such as solar and wind power. “I like to think of myself as a bipartisan, grass-roots Republican,” he said, adding he would bring together Democrats and Republicans “to actually get things done.” He said high taxes and housing costs drive too many people from Long Island. “I see too many of my colleagues and friends saddled with debt,” he said. “It’s not a sustainable practice.” He said he would “modify and simplify” zoning codes to develop affordable housing. Canale said he is a fiscal conservative and would balance the budget. He supports the town’s single-stream recycling program and its purchase of electric vehicles. “I feel like we need more moderate candidates like myself to let people know we can work together. There are good, decent people on both sides of the aisle,” he said.

Valerie M. Cartright - D, IN, WF, WEP

Background
Cartright, 41, of Port Jefferson Station, is running on the Democratic, Women’s Equality, Working Families and Independence party lines. She is seeking her third two-year term. She received an international studies degree from West Virginia University. Cartright received her law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a civil rights attorney and former president of the Amistad Black Bar Association. She is married and has a daughter.

Issues
Cartright, the only Democrat on the seven-member town board, said she has worked with community groups and residents in her district in an “open-door, collaborative approach” to find solutions. “A lot of residents have been responding favorably to the different approaches I have taken in District 1,” she said. She said she has worked on issues such as housing, crime and drug prevention, and she has created community forums to discuss issues such as land use and planning. She said she worked with residents to address illegal rental housing in the Stony Brook area, and proposed town code amendments to help address the problem. “We’ve come a long way because of us working together, which wasn’t happening when I came into office,” Cartright said. She said she hopes to complete land-use studies for the Route 25A corridor and the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville area next year. She said the town’s biggest challenge is balancing the budget without cutting services. Cartright said when she works with other members of the town board, “I always put the community interests first and I first make sure I know what’s best for the residents.” She said she talks to members of different political parties to ‘‘try to get them on the right side of the issues,” adding, “You win some and you lose some.” She said she would continue focusing on improving parks and working with the independent Setauket Harbor Task Force to improve and upgrade the harbor’s dock and park.

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