If elected, Portesy said he would create the “Worst to First initiative,” which would identify and repair the worst roads in Brookhaven first. He also would form a tree-trimming program that would make sure drainage basins aren’t clogged by trees and shrubs, especially after storms. Portesy promised to bring more accountability and transparency to the department by posting the results of contract bids on the town website. “The work isn’t being done in the public’s view,” he said, referring to contracts and bids not being posted on the site.
Portesy, 31, of Centereach, is running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines. He graduated from Stony Brook University with degrees in political science and business management, and earned a law degree from New York Law School. A lifelong Brookhaven resident, he is a member of the New York Bar Association. Portesy is not married.