On Saturday, June 5, three Islip Town Democratic candidates officially announced their candidacy at Islip Town Hall.
Donovan Currey, of Brentwood, will be running for receiver of taxes against either Mike Siniski or Andy Wittman.
Jorge Gaudron, of Central Islip, will be running for councilman of District 1, against Manuel Troche.
Darrin Green, of Central Islip, will be running for councilman of District 2 against incumbent James O’Connor.
Currey outlined a bold plan to help alleviate the tax grievance process for residents, citing that hiring an outside firm for the process was not streamlined or effective.
“One of my priorities will be that your tax bill is correct. I will ensure the grievance process is more transparent and less cumbersome than the current process, where you have to hire an outside company and pay them to do it,” said Currey.
Currey has a Master of Science in accounting, owns a tax preparation business, and handles contracts for the MTA Long Island Rail Road that range from $5 million to $500 million.
Asked about his impetus to run, Currey said, “First of all, it’s a great opportunity. The town has been ignoring taxpayers from the northern side of the town for over half a century. We believe, together, we can make a significant difference, not just for the northern side of the town, but for everyone. Not to say that you’re from the south side, I don’t care. I believe the three of us can make a marked improvement.”
Leigh-Ann Barde, secretary of the Islip Town Democratic Committee, said the candidates were selected through a new process that involved a rigorous vetting system that included a questionnaire, resume, interview, and evaluation by a committee of more than 100 people as delegates from voting districts throughout Town of Islip, before being recommended to the executive committee.
Of the candidate slate, Barde said, “This is the most diverse slate we’ve ever had, including legislative candidates Astrid Fidelia and Carla Simpson. There is so much diversity in Islip—you don’t see that represented in our government. And these candidates have a wide range of experience to bring to the positions.” Green, who has a background as a corrections officer, spoke at length about his experience walking the grounds of the former Dowling College at Idle Hour Mansion in Oakdale.
Emphasizing a desperate need for community members to be heard by the town, Green detailed a year-long email campaign of residents in the Idle Hour section of Oakdale not receiving any feedback from elected officials.
“What I found [when I walked the Oakdale property with the residents] was that they had been completely ignored. We should have open communication and what resolution they can have, if there is one to be had. They had an email campaign for over a year and got no answers from the town. [They want to be] able to bring their concerns to the board and people want to be heard. If we don’t address those issues, people act out. It’s hard to be responsible and kind when you’re being ignored,” said Green.
Asked for his resolution should he be elected as councilman of District 2, Green said he would make himself more accessible by attending in-person meetings with each local community in his district to affect change and maintain a dialogue.
“If you’ve got an issue in Central Islip, Oakdale, Sayville, Great River, it is important to me to go to each neighborhood. What has happened in Oakdale is a travesty. It is absolutely absurd to see the amount of damage that was done to that beautiful building. You have unmowed grass, trees fallen that are very dangerous, vandalism. Kids that are breaking in. Huge safety hazard if they get hurt or trapped in there. Just to see what the residents have been doing just to keep their neighborhood safe—my hat goes off to them,” said Green.