Wilson believes corruption must be fought at the state and local level and in local law enforcement. He favors public financing of campaigns to remove the influence of big donors. He favors revamping school financing to bring more money to local schools, and believes students in underperforming school districts should be able to choose to attend public schools in nearby districts. He also favors criminal justice reform to improve community policing and supports greater access to community facilities, keeping them open round-the-clock for recreation, tutoring and counseling for drug abuse and other issues.
Wilson is challenging party designee Jean-Pierre in a primary for the Democratic nomination. A North Babylon resident, Wilson, 53, has been a mental health counselor for the past three years. Earlier, he worked as a fiscal adviser, an associate vice president of Morgan Stanley and administrator of the Early Childhood Center run by the Highbridge Advisory Council in the Bronx. Wilson, a lifelong Democrat, ran a losing race for comptroller in 2002, and ran unsuccessfully twice in special elections as a write-in for county legislator in 2004 and 2008. He also has served as a legislative aide, a consultant to the Long Island Regional Planning Council and was a former assistant to the Babylon town board and Wyandanch area leader for the town Democratic Party. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stony Brook University in 1985, a master’s in banking and finance from Dowling College in 2000 and a master’s in mental health and school counseling from LIU Post in 2013. He is single.