JEREMY G. WILLIAMS
BACKGROUND: Jeremy G. Williams, 22, of Huntington Station, a Republican, is making his first bid for office. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric from Binghamton University and has done public relations for blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. Williams is active in the Huntington Young Republicans and the South Huntington-Huntington Station Civic Association, and was treasurer of his college Habitat for Humanities group. He also is running on the Conservative line.
ISSUES: Williams said he supports making the property tax cap permanent, would like to end red-light camera programs across the state and supports a permanent moratorium on new unfunded mandates. Permanently extending the 2 percent real property tax cap enacted in 2011, which is scheduled to expire during the next legislative session, would spur economic growth, he said. “It’s disheartening to see so many moving away because of the property tax burden,” Williams said. Ending the red-light camera program would lower the number of rear-end collisions at intersections, he said. Williams labeled the program inefficient because, he said, a third of the funds raised go to the vendor who handles the program. He said he also would work to bring jobs to Long Island to help end the brain drain of young people leaving the area, and work to create a public-private partnership to identify employer needs and fast-track job training to keep young people working on Long Island. He said he supports stronger penalties for anyone charged with dumping and would work to give the state a bigger role in catching and fining those who dump illegally. “We need stricter punishments in place and increased penalties for those dumping in aquifer recharge zones and affecting the area’s water quality.”