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VOTERS GUIDE Long Island Voters Guide: Nov. 7, 2023 general election

Arthur R. Williams

Arthur R. Williams is running for Council Member, Town of Shelter Island

Arthur R. Williams

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ARTHUR R. WILLIAMS

Republican

BACKGROUND:

  • Williams, 69, of Shelter Island, is also running on the Conservative line. He previously served two terms as town supervisor starting in 2002 and lost a bid for a third term in a three-way race. 
  • He earned a bachelor’s in economics at Washington & Jefferson College and an MBA in accounting at NYU. He is a CPA.
  • He is past president and secretary-treasurer of the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce. He is on the board of directors of The Island Gift of Life Foundation and San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Greenport.

ISSUES:

  • Williams said protecting the island’s aquifer is important and that addressing nitrate problems is key to that. He suggests the town could explore adopting stricter regulations on fertilizer use than the state mandates.
  • He said affordable housing is an interesting question on Shelter Island, as the island’s population isn’t transient, he said.
  • He said it’s important to help young families find homes because losing a pool of people who volunteer would affect Shelter Island’s tax structure.

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