Vilar said he wants to create an office of economic development to review town code, “see where we can work better with local businesses,” and entice corporations like Microsoft to build facilities in town. He said he is looking to create a transportation authority to increase railroad service and reduce “our traffic and carbon footprint.” Vilar said he also wants to expand affordable housing options, protect water bodies and coordinate with state and federal agencies on legislation.
Vilar, 57, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. The Springs resident received an associate degree in criminal justice from Suffolk County Community College. Vilar has served with the New York State Parks Police for 33 years, 25 years as a sergeant. He served as the local president of Council 82, New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, before founding, in 2011, the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, which has 1,500 members. He spent eight months as an elected town bay constable in 1985 and 1986. He is married, with six children.