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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

James Canale III | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

James Canale III is running for Brookhaven town council member, 1st District

James Canale III

Canale describes himself as a progressive Republican who is pro-union, supports environmental conservation and advocates green energy such as solar and wind power. “I like to think of myself as a bipartisan, grass-roots Republican,” he said, adding he would bring together Democrats and Republicans “to actually get things done.” He said high taxes and housing costs drive too many people from Long Island. “I see too many of my colleagues and friends saddled with debt,” he said. “It’s not a sustainable practice.” He said he would “modify and simplify” zoning codes to develop affordable housing. Canale said he is a fiscal conservative and would balance the budget. He supports the town’s single-stream recycling program and its purchase of electric vehicles. “I feel like we need more moderate candidates like myself to let people know we can work together. There are good, decent people on both sides of the aisle,” he said.

Canale, 26, of Port Jefferson Station, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He is making his first run for public office. Canale is a part-time driver/messenger in the Brookhaven Town Department of General Services. Canale graduated from Comsewogue High School in 2009 and received a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and communications from SUNY Oswego. He is single.