Hagelmann said the county should have been more proactive in the testing of groundwater at Islip's Roberto Clemente Park, which was found to have high levels of contaminants. He said the county needs to work on solving both road congestion, pointing to what's known as "malfunction junction," where Sunrise Highway meets Montauk Highway in Oakdale. He said "bridging over" such hot spots is one solution. He also pointed to building elevated LIRR tracks as another answer. Such work would add jobs to the county, he said, and stimulate the economy. If elected, Hagelmann said he would work with state and federal officials to find funding for an extension of the Southwest Sewer District to low-lying areas.
Hagelmann, 72, of Ronkonkoma is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Hagelmann is married with six children. He graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick. He is a retired carpenter with Local Union 290, of which he has been a member for 48 years. For the past three years, he has worked as an election clerk with the Suffolk County Board of Elections. For 14 years, Hagelmann served as the chairman of the Islip Town Democratic Party, resigning in 2012.