As a lifelong paramedic and through his work on the volunteer EMS councils, Reid’s concerns are for the health and welfare of the district’s residents, especially children. “Problems with heroin, overeating, smoking are all health disorders,” he said. “We lack ways of dealing with behavioral health.” His lifelong work in public health also extends to the environment, where as for the environment, he supports more innovation. “We need a comprehensive plan to deal with our energy needs.” Reid said the Cedar Creek Sewage Plant needs to be addressed and disagrees with the idea to pump the effluent from Bay Park back to the plant. He also wants more funding for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, so it can deal with issues such as drinking water and the Bethpage plume contamination. Reid wants to see more ethics reform and supports revoking pensions from legislators convicted of a felony.
Reid, 55, is on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. The Merrick resident is an emergency medical service educator for Northwell Health. He is currently on the board of directors for the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, spending time in Albany, he said, working on medical emergency issues. He has an associate degree from Nassau Community College, and attended SUNY Brockport and Hofstra University. He said his education was interrupted by his volunteer work during the 9/11 attacks. A volunteer for the Merrick Fire Department since he was 14 years old, he is also a volunteer for the First Responders Disabilities Awareness Training, where he helped develop curriculum for first responders to understand physical and emotional disabilities, a program now picked up by the Nassau County Police Department. He and his wife have three children.