Mata said local school districts are underfunded by the state. “Every year the schools have been obligated to raise taxes, putting a burden on local residents,” he said. That has been exacerbated by unaccompanied minors from other countries in some districts, such as Brentwood and Central Islip, he said. Mata said he would fight corruption, fraud and nepotism in the political process locally as well as in Albany. He also criticized the lack of parks in neighborhoods, noting the dumping scandal that closed Roberto Clemente Park. He also would work to improve railroad crossings with bridges or other improvements.
Mata, 37, of Brentwood, is running in a Democratic primary. He is a commercial insurance salesman for Northwell Health. Born in El Salvador, he received his GED from Hempstead High School in 2000. He studied communication at Nassau Community College. He’s a volunteer for the American Red Cross, director of community affairs for the Association of Pastors of Long Island and is active in the Brentwood-based Salvadoran American Roundtable, an advocacy group. He unsuccessfully ran for county legislature last year. He is married.