Scalera said she wants to continue to oversee economic development and water quality initiatives she started in her first term. "We're kind of at an important point here in the town, with a lot of positive things on the horizon," she said. Scalera was heavily involved in an effort last year to select a master developer to draft new zoning regulations aimed at bringing economic development to the hamlet of Riverside. She said she wants to be present as the town solicits public comments and considers ratifying the plan in the coming months. Scalera spearheaded the effort to create the town's Water Quality Protection Fund in 2012 and wants to continue to help oversee the program. She also said she wants to continue to amp up code-enforcement efforts in the town. She said she has worked across party lines "to do what I think is in the best interest of the residents of Southampton."
Scalera, 50, of Water Mill, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. She is seeking a second four-year term on the Southampton Town Board. Prior to winning a seat on the town board in 2011, Scalera worked for more than 20 years as an attorney for several municipalities, including Nassau County, Oyster Bay, Brookhaven Town and Southampton Town. Her duties included prosecuting code-enforcement violations and advising land-use boards. She also served on the Oyster Bay Town Board from 1997 to 2001.