Cochrane said that in his first term on the Islip town board, "we've shrunk the government and minimized the departments in the town, which saves money. We've improved the infrastructure of the town, which has been a challenge but we did a good job with that," he said. His military background was useful during the major weather disasters of the past four years, he said. If re-elected, Cochrane intends to focus on zombie houses in Islip and other building issues. "I would focus on the infrastructure of our roads and improving and updating codes for our building and planning departments, to make the process more user-friendly," he said.
Cochrane, 56, is running for re-election on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He grew up in Bay Shore and received a bachelor's degree in 1982 in general business from Jacksonville University and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served in active service from 1982 to 1989, including aboard the battleship USS New Jersey, and attained the rank of captain. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, he did three tours in Iraq and Kuwait as part of the reserves. Cochrane is the past president of the Bay Shore Lions Club and is on the boards of the Joe Namath March of Dimes fundraiser and the Beacon House for veterans. He is the founder and president of Cochrane Insurance Agency in Bay Shore, and the chief financial officer of Long Island Electrical Inspectors Inc. He and his wife have two children and live in Brightwaters.