Herman said the three big issues facing Oyster Bay are corruption, high taxes and road repairs. “The corruption actually has influenced the taxes so our taxes went up 11.5 percent this year,” Herman said. The town’s budget process needs to be changed, criticizing the town’s proposed 2018 budget for not containing a capital plan, Herman said. He said the town should have a publicly accessible online system to track road repairs. The town needs to raise revenue in order to lower taxes without cutting services, he said. “The way we’re going to increase revenue is transit-oriented development,” Herman said. Herman said modeling development around train stations such as Farmingdale will attract more businesses and increase revenue. The town also needs an outside auditor to examine how the town spends money and how it got so deeply into debt, Herman said.
Herman, 63, of Woodbury, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He is dentist and served on the Syosset Central School District school board for 18 years, including six as president. He is the president of the Gates Ridge Civic Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park and his dentistry degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He also received a master’s degree in medical ethics from Creighton University in Nebraska. He is married and has three adult sons.