Kaasik said that he is the first person Shelter Island locals and baymen approach to discuss environmental concerns in the Town of Shelter Island. He added that water quality, both in the island’s aquifer and in the surrounding bay, are primary concerns for his campaign. Kaasik, in coordination with other Republican candidates for Shelter Island, has been in contact with Brookhaven National Lab to discuss the treatment of tick-borne Lyme disease as a concern for the town. He said he also wants to encourage the development of community housing in Shelter Island.
Kaasik, 48, of Shelter Island, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He studied developmental and cognitive psychology at the University of Helsinki in Finland for two years and earned a degree in finance and economics at Temple University. Kaasik is a boater and fisherman, and makes his living as a carpenter and furniture maker. He was an environmental columnist for the Shelter Island Reporter. He is married, with one child.