Helfer said he is running because he wants to serve the community and help ensure the things that define Huntington are preserved. "I love my town," he said. "I love to keep my finger on the pulse. I'd love to be a watchdog for everybody in our community." If elected, his focus would be on the town's plan and on zoning, with an emphasis on development and rental issues.
Helfer, 64, is running on the Conservative Party line. He is a former prosecutor and is an attorney at Bellmore-based Helfer & Helfer LLP, where he practices criminal law and commercial litigation. Huntington Town board members voted to appoint him as an administrative hearing officer earlier this year. In the part-time role, he deals with residents as they contest traffic tickets and hears cases on blighted houses and licensing issues. Until taking the job with the town, he had been on the executive committee of the Town of Huntington Conservative Party for 10 years. He was previously the treasurer and vice chairman for the party. He also said he has been on the executive committee of the Suffolk County Conservative Party for the past eight years. He graduated from the SUNY Albany in 1973 with a double major in American history and economics. He received his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law in 1977. He and his wife have three children.