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- Colón, 27, of Brentwood, is running for Islip Town supervisor.
- Previously, he worked in healthcare technology, most recently as director of marketing and business development at healthcare data company Orderly Health. He also recently led data management for suicide prevention with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
- He has a bachelor’s in neuroscience and behavior from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University. He is also pursuing an executive master’s in public health at Yale.
- Colón highlighted infrastructure and employment among his priorities if he wins election, pitching a public jobs program that hires Islip residents to focus on year-round maintenance filling potholes and cracks in town roads, repairing and building sidewalks, cleaning parks and beaches and improving sustainability and efficiency on town properties. Improving revenue from Long Island MacArthur Airport would also be a priority, he said, as would prioritizing water quality.
- He said he would tackle an opioid problem in Islip by reestablishing the town’s Department of Health and Human Services and improving coordination with relevant government agencies and nonprofit and community groups already working on the problem.
- He also said he would crack down on unlicensed narcotic sales, opt in to marijuana sales in the town and use the tax revenue to fund public health programs.