“As a Nassau County legislator, I will focus on reforming and stabilizing the property tax assessment system and be a force in helping to hold down property taxes,” Cepeda said. “We must continue to hold down property taxes to restore consumer confidence and energize our local economy to provide quality jobs for our young people.” He said he would be a “bi-party representative of the people.” Cepeda continued: “We need to stop the hyper-polarized political environment that prevents public servants from effectively providing the essential services that our Nassau County residents expect and deserve.”
Cepeda, 56, of Plainview, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. Cepeda has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Queens College. He owns and operates a Plainview-based national business consulting firm that works with not-for-profit organizations. Cepeda served on the Plainview-Old Bethpage school board from 2007 to 2013. Previously, he served as executive director of Action Long Island, a regional business advocacy organization. He is a former member of the executive committee of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association and from 2010 to 2013 served on the New York School Boards Association’s federal relations network. He sits on the Nassau County Youth Services board of directors and is a member of the Long Island Sustainable Business Council. He ran for 16th District county legislator seat in 2015 and lost. He is married and has two children.