BACKGROUND: Figliola, 43, of East Setauket, is executive vice president of the Empire Government Strategies lobbying firm, which represents businesses and nonprofit organizations. He is the author of books and articles on public policy. He served as economic development supervisor for the Town of Brookhaven, where he worked to create the town’s minimum wage policy for Industrial Development Agency-certified businesses. He has a master’s degree in public policy and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University.
ISSUES: Figliola opposes abortion rights and teaching in schools about aspects of what he considers to be critical race theory. He said he supports greater input by parents in public school education and is critical of mandates aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19. He said he will fight to lower taxes and reduce government regulation of small businesses, while holding polluters accountable for damaging the environment. He also said he would seek federal aid to construct more municipal sewage systems on Long Island in order to protect drinking water. He opposes termination of health care workers who refused the COVID-19 vaccine. He said he will be a strong advocate for police and funding for them. He opposes the state law that eliminates bail for most nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors. The law was passed so suspects don’t languish in jail because they can’t afford bail, but he said it has contributed to rising crime rates. He also said he will support funding for Israel and a strong alliance with the Middle East nation.