Polner plans to focus on bringing more high-paying jobs to Brookhaven and developing more land use plans to foster business growth. He said he would review the entire budget and focus on amending the town ethics code. Polner said he has 30 years of providing customer support and service and that “it’s time for Brookhaven to take a more customer-service approach.” He contends he has a unique skill set that includes critical thinking, responsiveness, business acumen and concentration. “That combination of skills is not what you see in local politics every day,” he said. He concluded: “We need to find more sustainable, high-paying jobs. My priority is business development so that people can actually afford to live here.”
Polner, 54, of Bellport, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania with degrees in accounting and systems engineering and earned a master’s degree in business from the University of Chicago. Polner works at Stony Brook University as an incubator advocate, helping startup technology companies develop business plans. He has two daughters.