Brooks said the most important issue facing the district are high taxes. “We’re overtaxed. It’s driven by the fact that we do not receive our fair share funding for education,” Brooks said. Brooks said he wants to shift the cost of education away from property taxes and toward state income taxes. “We will fund all the cost of education on a statewide basis where everybody is contributing, principally by income taxes,” Brooks said. Shifting the school tax burden off property would improve the business climate, he said. Brooks said he wants to install solar panels on all school buildings in order to create jobs and save energy costs. “Our greatest demand for energy is in the summer when the schools are closed so all of the energy that the school’s producing can go into the grid,” Brooks said. He said he also wants to address the problems of funding property tax refunds by giving residents tax credits instead of money.
Brooks, 66, of Seaford is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. A retired insurance executive, he served as the Nassau County director of risk management under former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi and on the New York State Health Insurance Program Participating Agency Advisory Council. He also served on the Seaford Union Free School District school board from 1992 to 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He has a son.