Peress opposes multiple development projects in Glen Cove, such as Garvies Point, The Regency at Glen Cove and the Village Square. The Village Square includes “146 units clogged into 2.8 acres of land that’s not geared toward low-income or affordable housing,” he said. He said he would push to revoke many decisions of the Glen Cove IDA, which included $1.24 million in tax breaks for RXR Realty for its work on the Village Square project. “We need to attract local businesses, local landlords, not charge too much for rent and give local residents the incentive to open businesses, rather than franchises,” he said. His other focuses include advocating for single-payer health care in the state and meetings between community members and the police department. He supports altering Glen Cove’s charter to allow council members — not just the mayor —to elect some of the planning board, zoning board and variance board members.
Peress, 45, of Glen Cove, is running on the Green Party line. Peress holds an associate degree from Nassau Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Old Westbury. He works as a custodian at a private college. Peress is a delegate for the Nassau County Firefighters Association and a Glen Cove Fire Department volunteer. He formerly served as a North Shore Sheltering Program volunteer and as a board member for Congregation of Tifereth Israel Temple. He is not married.