Martin said he is concerned about Babylon’s debt. From 2011 to 2014, the town’s debt from general obligation bonds, bond anticipation notes and revolving fund revenue bonds grew by around 29 percent to $170,612,900, according to audited financial statements. The figure at the end of 2016 was $168,210,000. If elected supervisor, Martin said he would like to scrutinize how the town funded the Wyandanch sewer line, completed around 2014. Martin accused former town supervisor and current Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone of purposefully overtaxing residents for garbage collection to pay for the line. Martin said he would also like to either limit the activities of the Babylon Industrial Development Agency or eliminate it entirely. In particular, he said he takes issue with the agency’s tax breaks for affordable housing developments. “Why should the taxpayers be subsidizing this?” he asked. Martin said he would also like to make the town’s government more transparent by publishing records such as quarterly financial statements and payroll reports on the town website.
Martin, 67, of North Babylon, is running on the Republican Party line. A certified public accountant, Martin has had an accounting practice in Babylon Village since 1987. He received a bachelor’s of business administration from Pace University, and studied but did not complete a master’s in taxation at Long Island University. Martin is a Marine Corps veteran, having served as an air traffic controller in Hawaii during the Vietnam War. He is a member of a number of professional accounting organizations. He is married and has two children.