McElwee said the county “has to control spending” and fight against fee increases. “It’s strangling homeowners.” He said the county could raise additional money by renting underutilized county facilities, such as sports fields. He said he was sparked to run for county legislature over the installation of parking meters in downtown Bay Shore. While he didn’t oppose the meters as a concept, he said the town has poorly managed the program and not been responsive to homeowners.
McElwee, 42, of West Islip, is running in a Republican primary. He owns three restaurants in the district. McElwee is a board member of the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce and head of the chamber’s restaurant committee. He is also treasurer of the town of Islip’s Bay Shore business improvement district. He graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 1996 with a degree in hospitality management. He is married and has three children. He’s seeking the seat held by his father-in-law, Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), who is leaving because of term limits.