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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Douglas E. King | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Douglas E. King is running for Suffolk County legislator, 9th District

Douglas E. King

King said he would seek to rescind fees levied by the county for various offenses, especially tickets for traffic violations caught by red light cameras. King said he believes the primary purpose of the cameras is not to promote safety but to bring in revenue for the county. “Those cameras are,in my eyes, a moneymaker,” he said, comparing the program to a form of taxation. King said he would also like to expand the Police Department Civilian Academy to make it or programs like it available to young people, as well as to Spanish speakers through a Spanish-language version. The purpose of the expansion would be to create more dialogue and understanding between the police department and the communities in which they work. King said he would like to see stiffer enforcement of handicap parking rules to ensure that those using handicap spots without the requisite permit are ticketed. “It just seems like people are parking wherever they want to,” he said. Additionally, King said he would like to make more facilities in the county compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Just make it equal and fair for everybody,” he said, “Both people with disabilities and able-bodied people.”

King, 45, of Central Islip, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He is an advocate for the disabled, serving on the Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board and the Town of Islip Disability Advisory Board. King received a bachelor’s degree in social work from SUNY Empire State College. He is the first disabled graduate of the Suffolk County Police Department Civilian Academy, and is the second vice president of the academy’s alumni association. He is married.