If elected, Higgins has pledged to freeze taxes for two years. He said taxes have gone up 16 percent in the past four years and conditions are forcing residents to move out of state. He also wants to limit overdevelopment while the city is still rebuilding after superstorm Sandy and facing aging infrastructure and sewage systems. He said residents already face a shortage of parking and blight from overcrowding and he is opposed to the plan for the boardwalk Superblock apartment building. Higgins wants to reform ethics in City Hall and make the community and city aware of conflicts of interest. He said he believes Long Beach Democratic chairman Mike Zapson has too much influence over the current administration.
Higgins, 38, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. Higgins is a manager at Verizon Operations in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and has lived in Long Beach since 2005. He grew up in Setauket and graduated from Ward Melville High School. He is married with 10-month-old twins. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Siena College and his master's degree in communications from Baruch College.