Joan A. Cergol
BACKGROUND: Cergol, 57, of Halesite, was appointed to the Huntington Town Council in December 2017, to fill a vacancy created when Councilwoman Susan A. Berland was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature. Cergol, is running on the Democrat, Working Families, Independence and Women's Equality party lines. Cergol was previously the director of the Town of Huntington Community Development Agency from 2013 to 2017. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and public relations from LIU Post in Brookville. Cergol has also worked as an economic development specialist in the Town of Huntington supervisor’s office, and she owned a marketing and public relations business in Huntington. She is a graduate of the Molloy College Energeia Partnership, a two-year leadership training program. Cergol is married to Greg Cergol, the Long Island reporter for WNBC, and they have two adult children.
ISSUES: Cergol said that she is an advocate for “preserving the environment and water quality” and is concerned about “nitrogens that are being discharged into our harbors and waterways.” She continued, “We need to come up with solutions that protect our waters” from nitrogen pollution. Cergol said she is also “very attuned to the opioid epidemic, drug abuse and gangs” — three issues she says she “would like to continue to focus on, going forward.” Cergol said that if elected she would start planning community information forums on issues of community concern such as “land use and the impact of newer 5G technology and what we can do to minimize overexposure to radiation levels.” Cergol said that as she has “grown into the work [as a councilwoman] over the past 10 and a half months,” she has seen the need for more public discussion to form a consensus on solutions to issues facing the community.