Concerned about climate change, Burke-Gonzalez said her “No. 1 issue” is protecting water quality, which “drives our real estate values.” She said the town board is working on drafting wastewater treatment plans for multiple areas, as well as a coastal assessment plan to predict how rising sea levels will affect residents. Burke-Gonzalez said she also wants to collaborate with “Deepwater Wind on coming up with a plan the community will find acceptable for clean, renewable energy.” She said she will continue to work to secure local control of the town airport, build a new senior center and create more affordable housing.
Burke-Gonzalez, 55, of Springs, is running on the Democratic, Independence and Working Families party lines. She is seeking her second term as town councilwoman. Burke-Gonzalez spent nine years serving on the Springs school board, including two as its president, before she was elected to the town board in 2013. The former advertising executive is originally from Valley Stream. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Siena College. She is married with two children.