Dunne said that since he has joined the Hempstead Town Board, he has been trying to cut town spending. “We’re doing more with less, we’re cutting costs anywhere we can,” he said. “We’re proud to provide the same services in a more economic way.” Dunne said that if elected, his priority would be to avoid a tax increase. “My whole life has been trying to maintain a ‘no tax increase’ budget,” Dunne said, referring to his service on the county legislature and the town board. As a military veteran, Dunne said he appreciated the town’s new parking spots that are designated for members of the military. “That was a beautiful thing to do,” he said. Dunne said he would also focus on quality of life issues within the town, including maintenance of town facilities such as parks and pools. He said he supported the ethics reform proposal recently passed by the town board. “I’m very happy with it,” he said. “I’m proud to have my name as somebody who voted for this piece of legislation.”
Dunne, 67, of Levittown, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt party lines. He was appointed to represent Hempstead Town’s Sixth District in June. He served previously as a Nassau County legislator for the 15th District for nearly 22 years. Dunne served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and medically retired in 1975 as a private first class. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University. He was previously a veterans counselor and director of the Nassau County Veterans Agency. He is a lifelong Levittown resident and is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. Dunne is divorced and has two children.