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On the Environment

General Overview
 Upon taking office, we will begin to put together a Climate Action Plan similar to the ones adopted by other towns. (See East Hampton’s here.) Input will be sought out from the town’s various departments, the environmental council, local environmental groups, and all interested citizens.

Cleaning Our Bay
Our bay is sick, and nitrogen is the main culprit. As Supervisor, I will end the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers on all town-owned properties and work with local environmental groups to help get the word out to home-owners about the role our lawn care plays in polluting the Bay.
While the cost of sewering is too much for the Town to take on alone, I will use my position as Supervisor to advocate for increased sewering projects with our county, state, and federal representatives to help bring sewers to all of Islip. Additionally, it is important that increased sewering does not come with increased population density, as that will neutralize the benefit.
I will also introduce a tree planting program, wherein we plant native trees that will help retain water to help alleviate our storm water run-off problem. This program will be focused on areas that are unsewered and along our creeks and waterways for maximum effect.

Clean Energy
We will install solar panels on town-owned buildings and properties where possible. 
When purchasing new vehicles for the town’s fleet, we will begin to purchase electric vehicles where cost effective.
We will be aggressive in pursuing state and federal grant monies for clean energy initiatives. The current administration has fallen behind while other towns on Long Island have taken advantage of these programs.

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