Dickson said that the public health and economic well-being of Shelter Island relies on its supply of drinking water in the island’s aquifer. As chairman of the Water Advisory Council for the town, he believes nitrates in the water’s septic runoff is a particular concern for keeping the aquifer clean. He added that the council has a contract with the United States Geological Survey to further study pollutant threats to the aquifer. Dickson said that increased access to affordable housing would also be a priority during his term. He added that he would like to study the effects of the short-term rental prohibition and whether it’s been more helpful or harmful to the town.
Dickson, 64, of Shelter Island, is running on the Democratic Party line. He had worked as an environmental project manager for several companies over the past 27 years before retiring in June. Dickson said having grown up on Shelter Island, he had always planned on getting involved in local government to give back to the community. He is married with three children.