Manetta said he is looking to use his experience in economic development to help the town. He wants to grow tech startups in the town, he said, implementing something similar to a high-tech incubator project he spearheaded in Huntington Town while with the Suffolk IDA. As in that IDA position, Manetta said, he strives for “increased transparency and accountability” in IDA tax deals, clawing back incentives to companies that don’t keep promises and requiring companies to post jobs on the IDA’s website. He said he also wants to identify areas where the town can have shared service agreements with other municipalities to save money.
Manetta, 37, is running on the Independence, Republican and Conservative party lines. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of business administration corporate finance, both from Dowling College. He works as an economic development consultant for HB Solutions in Melville. Previously, he ran his own consulting firm, Standard Advisors Group. Manetta was chief executive of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency from 2012 to 2014. He has two children, is divorced and lives in Babylon Village.