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Eugene Cook |

Eugene Cook is running for Huntington town council member

Eugene Cook

Cook said his focus on transparency and government accountability defined his first term in office. As the only Republican on the town board, Cook said he has often found himself the sole voice of opposition. He said he is proud that he's never voted for one of Petrone's budgets, which he said put too much emphasis on bonding. If re-elected, Cook he plans to push for a resolution creating term limits for elected officials -- and said if elected, he won't run again. He said he wants to focus on public safety in Huntington Station and have public safety officers patrolling in a supporting role for police. "I see Huntington Station being a great place," Cook said, "I see Huntington village having a parking garage."

Cook, 53, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. He is seeking his second term on the five-member board. Early in his career, Cook was a welder, but ultimately built his own concrete construction business, Westbury-based E Cook Industries. He cites his experience as a business owner who manages employees and an annual budget in the millions as an asset in his government role. He has called for more transparency in government and restrained spending. He ran unsuccessfully against Supervisor Frank Petrone, a Democrat, in 2013. He has a business administration degree from Nassau Community College. He and his wife have five children.