This is Fenley’s first time running for office. “I would say what I’m really looking for is simple common sense reforms,” he said. With the current town board made up of four Republicans and a Conservative, he said, “nobody is challenging them.” Fenley said having a different voice on the board would have brought more debate and accountability to some controversial programs, such as the Bay Shore meter program. “So there’s nobody challenging them to really be beholden to their voters more,” he said. He also wants to “rein in spending and focus on the budget” with streamlined processes and shared services, as well as increased transparency and holding board meetings at night instead of 2 p.m. Fenley also said he supported the massive Heartland mixed-use development recently approved by the board, but the board missed an opportunity to get more concessions for mass transit out of the developer.
Fenley, 40, of Brightwaters is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. He is a commercial litigator who grew up in Babylon. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder and his law degree from New York Law School. He is scheduled to earn his MBA in public finance from Rutgers University in December. He is a member of the Bay Shore Lions Club and had served as acting Brightwaters village justice from 2015 until this year, when he resigned to run for Islip Town Board. He’s also a member of the Long Island Association and the Long Island Builders Institute. He’s married, with four children.