Martinez said he is proud of the superstorm Sandy recovery efforts for the town’s facilities and infrastructure improvements, such as bulkheading. He also lists the renovations at many of the town’s parks among his accomplishments, including new playgrounds and replacing of turf fields. Martinez touts economic development efforts in Wyandanch, Copiague and East Farmingdale among his achievements since in office. If re-elected, he would continue to work on these projects, he said. In addition, Martinez said that he will continue to lead efforts to crack down on vacant, abandoned “zombie” homes and “improve our quality of life.”
Martinez, 48, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines. He is married with three children and lives in Wheatley Heights. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from SUNY Oneonta. He began working for Catholic Charities as an aide, then a manager, and then worked as a community organizer for Industrial Areas Foundation. He spent nine years as a union organizer and council representative for what is now the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters. Martinez was appointed to the town board in 2008 and was first elected to a four-year term in 2009. Since 2012, Martinez has served as deputy supervisor for the town.