Brach-Williams said budgeting and planning for the town’s infrastructure, such as roads and buildings, is a priority. She said preserving water quality is important, “both with our ground water and the surrounding bays.” She said short-term rental properties have been a “hot button” issue this year and that solutions to problems associated with them need to be addressed. “Shelter Island currently has no restrictions on short-term rentals unlike the surrounding towns,” Brach-Williams said. “At the beginning of the summer there were some noise issues that brought the topic to everyone’s attention. Now there is concern that, in addition to quality of life issues, that some homeowners are basically running hotels in residential neighborhoods.”
Brach-Williams, 54, of Shelter Island, is running on the Republican line. She is a CPA and partner in A & A Williams LLP. She also is secretary/treasurer for the Shelter Island Fire District and the finance officer at Our Lady of the Isle Church in Shelter Island Heights. Born in Rochester, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Shelter Island Lions and the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce.