Jens-Smith said she wants to revitalize Riverhead’s downtown area by working with the town’s Business Improvement District to promote and enhance the area. Jens-Smith also wants to improve the town’s management of its finances, pointing to a Moody’s downgrade of the town’s credit rating from Aa2 in 2015 to its current AA3 rating, and change Main Street’s zoning code to remove large-scale buildings off there and into walkable districts. She said she would also make the sale of the EPCAL property in Calverton a priority. “Mr. Walter’s visions for Riverhead aren’t different, but our approaches are,” Jens-Smith said.
Jens-Smith, 54, of Laurel in Riverhead, is running on the Democratic ticket in her second bid for office after failing to win a town board seat in 2015. She is president of the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education, holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pace University and has been a project coordinator with the North Fork Alliance, which combats substance abuse among local youths. Jens-Smith is married with two children.