Hyms said he would preserve more open space and balance land development with land preservation. He said that work was especially important in the Smithtown portion of the district, where he said the town board of zoning appeals “has approved virtually every commercial development with variances.” Hyms said he would seek more funding and faster county approvals for sewer systems and “smart growth” in downtowns and near mass transit. He said he would “maintain and expand” the Suffolk County bus system, which he said provided crucial service to students, the working poor and the elderly. Because of service cuts, “many of our senior citizens are literally trapped in their homes,” he said.
Hyms, 62, of Lake Ronkonkoma, is a safety and environmental consultant who is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. He is originally from Nesconset and graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s of business administration degree in management from New York Institute of Technology. Hyms ran unsuccessfully for Brookhaven Town Board in 2007. He is married, with two children.