Ferrara said the town needs to look ahead to the future, and invest in more affordable housing to help young families stay and thrive in the community. He said other challenges include following through on the town’s commitment to parks, such as the renovation of the pool at Clinton G. Martin Park. He would like to streamline the building department’s requirements and procedures to make applications more user-friendly. “We need to be business-friendly; we need to help our residents,” Ferrara said. “There are so many archaic laws that we need to re-look at that don’t make any sense.”
Ferrara, 73, of Garden City Park, is running for a fifth four-year term on the Republican, Conservative, Reform and Independence lines. He was first elected to the town board in 1997 and is the longest-serving member. He previously served as president of the Greater Herricks Civic Association. After receiving an associate degree in electronics from RCA Institute of Technology, Ferrara worked in sales at Xerox for 20 years. He also worked in sales at printing companies Océ and Monroe Systems for Business. He is the founder and owner of a New Hyde Park-based printing shop and also owns a partial stake in an auto body shop in Suffolk County. He has lived in the town for nearly four decades. He is married with five children.