Williams said the main issue is the town's fiscal health and high real estate taxes. "It's an area in which I have strength; dealing with controls," he said. "I hope to have an impact on that," mentioning specifically the town reserves, which he believes should be strengthened a bit. The town also has to do more with the deer tick problem, using both the four-poster method (a feeding station that uses rollers to roll on tick insecticide) and culling the herd, he said. Williams also said the town needs to stay focused on the aquifer and monitoring drinking water, especially since many homeowners have private wells.
Williams, 62, is running on the Republican and Reform lines. He served as the town supervisor for Shelter Island from 2002 to 2005. He is a certified public accountant and has a private public accounting firm. A full-time Shelter Island resident since 1993 and a lifelong summer resident, Williams received his bachelor's degree in economics from Washington & Jefferson College in 1975, and an MBA from New York University in 1978. He is married and has two children.