Cheryl Felice (D, WFP) - Brookhaven Town Council District 4
Cheryl Felice is running for Brookhaven Town Council in the fourth district, facing incumbent Michael Loguercio in the November election.
Felice’s main plan is to be present and available to the district as a full-time councilwoman. She said she feels some neighborhoods have been neglected and she wants to rectify that. Her campaign has knocked on over 4,000 doors so far, and she has heard this to be the complaint of many residents.
Felice retired from her job in county government a few years ago, decided not to seek re-election to the South Country Board of Education after serving three years as president, and will retire from her current position at the Association of Municipal Employees at the end of the month.
If elected to the town board, she wants to bring a community-based effort to planning decisions. She cited projects in North Bellport that should take into consideration the entire community’s input. She also cited the Walmart project in Yaphank; residents were unhappy when the retail giant announced it planned to be open 24 hours.
“It’s all community-minded, creating long-term goals,” she said. “You have to involve the stakeholders.”
While the landfill is a town-wide resource, the location falls within the fourth district and has been a source of complaints by community members in recent years. Felice said she wants to see a more solid plan to make sure the landfill is closed by 2024. She said people have heard that it will close, as town officials have announced, but are unsure of the logistics, including how and when exactly, and how the revenue will be replaced.
“There’s a sense of environmental injustice,” Felice said of the landfill situation, which has prompted complaints of odors and health issues in and around Bellport, Brookhaven hamlet and Yaphank. If elected, she wants to have a set plan for landfill closure by the end of 2020 as well as a full audit of operations.
Felice led the school board when concerns were raised about the health of students at Frank P. Long Intermediate School, but the board and administration could not connect those issues directly to the landfill. She said the board had several meetings with the town during that time, and she was not satisfied with the actions they took. She added that running for town board was a chance for her to get into the system herself and work to fix problems.
Felice added that she wants to work on improving recycling in the town, including finding a way to bring back glass recycling. She also wants to look at using more renewable energy and bringing sustainable jobs back to the town.
In her traveling of the district, Felice has heard complaints of noise pollution from Calabro Airport, due to a change of operation for some of the activities there. She would like to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to address those concerns for the residents around the facility. She also wants to improve communication between the town and the residents, as well as improve the quality of the town’s video recordings at meetings.
Board of Education, South Country School District, president
Bellport, Hagerman, East Patchogue Alliance Inc., board member
Boys and Girls Club of the Bellport Area, benefactor and past board member
Public Employees Conference (PEC), past executive board member
Patchogue Lions Lioness Club, member and past director
Patchogue Youth Athletic Association - Girls League, co-founder and past commissioner
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