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Issues

As I have traveled this road of running for office, I have been overwhelmed by what people are struggling with under the current administration.  Thank you to everyone who has shared your struggle with me.  If elected, there are several issues that I will address as the Councilperson for Brookhaven Town's 2nd council district and this has been informed by the conversations I have had with people from around the district and the Town.  These issues are:

Government Accessibility

Can you attend a public Town Board meeting at 2pm?  No?  Me, either.  The Town and its services are not accessible to the residents.  Transparency and lack of understanding of policies within the Town of Brookhaven needs to be addressed.


Ethics Reforms

Our Town Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals are extremely powerful and shape our Town and make decisions on how our communities will look.  Though these boards are supposed to be autonomous and separate from the Town Board, there is some question as to whether this is being upheld.


Gerrymandering

The act of manipulating political boundaries so as to favor one party over another is alive and well in Brookhaven Town and I am running to represent the hamlet hardest hit by this.


Safety

Crime and the opioid epidemic/crisis on Long Island, and throughout the nation, needs to be addressed.


Reycling

The Town's recycling program has many issues, least among which is lack of glass recycling, which is against NYS law.  There is a six point plan in place to address this, among other issues.


Economic Development

With Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University making innovations, Brookhaven should be able to attract and keep businesses and jobs within the Town.  Additionally, too many local business owners face the difficulties of trying to stay afloat in the Town.


Road Infrastructure

Road infrastructure and flooding are major concerns for the residents of Brookhaven.


Water Quality & Environmental Protection

Water quality is one of the most important issues for Long Island.  Environmental issues are of public concern.


Cost of Living and Quality of Life

These quality of life issues can and should be addressed by the town.


Women's Advancement

Nationally and locally, women need to be advanced and supported.


What is your concern?

What are you most concerned about?  The largest part of being a Councilmember is listening to you and helping find a resolution to your concerns.  Please contact me at the "Contact" link above and together we can work toward a better Brookhaven.



Sarah Deonarine for Council
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