While he's always been passionate about the environment, he said he became more focused on politics when trees lining a road near his home were cut down to expand the road for trucks. Government officials "crossed the line and nobody helped us," he said. If elected, he said he would like to see municipal and county data brought up to speed with today's technology, which he believes will inspire transparency, reform and civic engagement. "Digitized democracy is real reform," Devine said. He participates in open government data analysis groups that explore how government records can be used to improve communities. Devine would push for a system similar to New York City's, which compiles city public records into searchable, sortable databases.
Devine, 48, of Hicksville, is running on the Democratic line. He said he has worked in technical support and insurance. He is running for office for the first time. He is a member of Operation STOMP, a Nassau County organization advocating the protection of trees and green spaces on Long Island. Devine has an associate degree in business administration from Farmingdale State College in 1990. He said he was an active Boy Scout as a teen, eager to protect the environment and engage his community.