Gregor said he hopes voters see he has helped bring the highway department into the 21st century and hires based on ability and desire to work, not on political affiliations. “I try to do the best for the road system and the taxpayers,” he said, keeping the people who drive, walk and cycle the roadways safe, as well as the crews who maintain them. “We try to treat everyone fairly. The roads get treated, no matter what your ZIP code is.” He said he’s using innovative paving techniques to make town dollars go further and will continue to work to find ways to deal with surface flooding, seek grant money and lobby for state funding to address problem areas. Staff is now at 62 compared with 100-plus in the ’90s, he noted. “We’re trying to do more with less, and to let the public know someone cares,” Gregor said.
Gregor, 56, of East Quogue, seeking his third four-year term, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Families party lines. Previously, Gregor was a drilling and environmental contractor and worked on commercial fishing boats in Shinnecock Inlet. He is a graduate of Hampton Bays High School and the Harry B. Ward Technical Center and earned his Level One Road Master certificate from Cornell University’s Local Roads program. He is a Long Island representative for the New York State Association of Town Highway Superintendents and a member of the Suffolk County Highway Superintendents Association. He is married, with one son.