Stevenson-Mathews said he is “for development as long as it is a smart and balanced approach.” But projects such as the huge Garvies Point along the waterfront are a poor fit for the city, and the tax breaks for them are far too large, he said. The city “should be developed in a way that is [in] keeping with the beauty and quaintness that comes with Glen Cove. With the magnitude of the developments, we are losing that.” He said the city is not transparent enough, pointing to how a recent Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency public hearing on tax breaks for a developer was held at 5:30 p.m. outside the IDA’s regular schedule. “Input from the community should be welcomed,” he said. “Instead it’s seen as a hindrance.”
Stevenson-Mathews, 56, is running on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is a speech and language coach for business professionals. He founded and ran a theater company in Dallas. Stevenson-Mathews has an associate degree in business from Louisburg College in North Carolina, a bachelor’s in English literature from Berea College in Kentucky and a master’s in theater from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He is a North Carolina native who moved to Glen Cove in 2007 with his husband.