The cleanup at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, where an estimated 50,000 tons of contaminated debris was illegally dumped, has been at the top of Carpenter's list since she was appointed town supervisor in March, she said. Now that the debris has been carted away, Carpenter said the next step will come when the criminal investigation is complete: "The town will follow with any legal routes to recoup the monies we've had to spend." Long Island MacArthur Airport, which has been losing millions each year, will continue to get much of Carpenter's attention as she puts together a task force of area business leaders to help bolster revenue-inducing ideas. She promises to keep the town's budgeting practices as transparent as possible. "We delivered a budget that was under the cap, but at the same time we have to make sure we're protecting our assets of the taxpayers," Carpenter said of capital improvements in the town.
Carpenter, 72, of West Islip is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. She graduated from Dominican Commercial High School in Queens and earned an associate degree from Suffolk County Community College in marketing and business. In the mid-1970s, she started a typesetting business that grew into printing and advertising. She was involved in little leagues, Cub Scouts and the Parent Teacher Association, and was the president of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce for four years. She served on the Suffolk County Legislature from 1993 to 2005. She was nominated for county treasurer in 2005 and took office in 2006. She served for nine years until she was appointed Islip Town supervisor earlier this year.