The candidates in the special election for the , Martin Haley and Sarah Anker, spoke to Sound Beach residents Monday night at the
Martin Haley, the republican nominee for the seat vacated by New York State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro, currently serves as the Brookhaven Town Commissioner of Building and Fire Prevention.
Haley, who previously held this seat from 1996-2003, is a familiar face to the Sound Beach community. Haley vacated the seat in 2003 to run for County Treasurer. When questioned on whether or not he would finish out this term if elected, Haley responded by saying, "Of course. I'm 60 years old, I don't think I'm going anywhere.
"I can assure you that you’re going to continue to have the level of service that you had when I was here last," he said. "I did it before, and I’ll do it again."
Questions then turned to Anker, who is currently the Director of the Town of Brookhaven Office of Energy and Sustainability. Anker spoke of her environmental accomplishments and told concerned residents that she would not overlook the hamlet of Sound Beach.
"I truly believe in government transparency," she said. "If you don’t have communication with your constituents then that person may as well not be an elected official. You have the information I need to make progress."
The special election will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at regular voting locations from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. The law requires the vacated seat to be filled until the end of the term, and the winner of the special election will thenrun again in November.