Gerth said he wants to plan ahead for more upgrades to the town’s infrastructure and services while maintaining a low tax burden to the island’s residents. He added that community housing should be a priority for the town, and homeowners should be allowed to have short-term rentals to increase their incomes and pay for maintenance costs on their properties. Gerth said the problem with water purity on Shelter Island is multifaceted, and he wants to come up with a comprehensive plan to address those concerns, with assistance from resident volunteer committees. He added that wildlife control is an environmental concern for the town, and he wants to promote controlled forest burns and deer culling to reduce tick-borne illnesses.
Gerth, 75, of Shelter Island, is running on the Republican Party line. He received an associate degree in management from Nassau Community College, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University, and a master’s of divinity degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He worked as an executive assistant and sat on several committees in the Town of Hempstead, and also served as director of the Veteran Services Agency in Nassau County. He is divorced.