As a grant administrator who has secured money for polluted land and waterways for the Town of Oyster Bay, Vitale said he wants to look for better ways to fund clean water and land initiatives, by continuing to seek federal and state funding, including brownsfield grants. “I am for green technology,” he said. “It’s something I am very interested in,” he said, especially those areas that garner jobs such as solar energy. He wants to promote more recreational activities, such as fishing and kayaking, saying it’s “an economic generator in our area.” Reform of the political process is also high on his list, he said, supporting a requirement that state legislators convicted of a crime forfeit their state pensions and return any residual campaign funds to donors. He wants to work on getting Brittany’s Law passed, which would create a list of violent offenders that can be distributed to communities.
Vitale, 32, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. The Sea Cliff resident is a grant administrator for the Town of Oyster Bay, a position he has held for the past three years. He heads a team that has secured $32 million in federal and other grants working with FEMA and Homeland Security to fund preventive measures for future storms, including solar panels that will work for streetlights and drainage studies for floodwaters. Vitale received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton.