Goodman said technology could be used to improve government efficiency and transparency in Brookhaven. “Complicated processes can be made more simple” by technological improvements, he said, adding “the tech infrastructure of the town is very outdated,” and Brookhaven should be more “tech savvy.” He said businesses are turned off by red tape. He said town council meetings are held too early in the evening. Goodman said the town’s quality of life generally is “fine,” and Brookhaven’s single-stream recycling program is “cool.” But he said many residents complain that it’s difficult to get permits. He said residents tell him the town is not responsive to their needs, such as filling potholes. “They don’t feel like the town is listening to them,” Goodman said. He proposes posting ongoing projects online so people know when issues in their neighborhoods will be addressed. “The roads are terrible, they’re really bad,” he said. Some roads have not been repaired for 25 years, and some streetlights don’t work, he said. “If we pay a lot of taxes, things should work,” he said.
Goodman, 27, of Coram, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is making his first run for public office. Goodman is a software engineer who works for a Hauppauge company and also runs his own small business helping people with technology issues. Goodman received a bachelor’s degree in English in 2012 from St. Joseph’s College. He is a member of the Coram Civic Association. Goodman is single.