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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Michele Johnson | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Michele Johnson is running for Oyster Bay town council member

Michele Johnson

Johnson said the main issues facing Oyster Bay are restoring public trust, reducing debt and completing a dredging study of Oyster Bay harbor. Johnson said the new ethics policies that were enacted in 2016, such as new financial disclosure forms and a new ethics code are important going forward. “I want to make sure that our residents feel comfortable with what we’re doing as a town board,” Johnson said. She said she’s not sure whether any additional measures are needed. “We need to see how these policies are working out,” Johnson said. The town needs to continue maintaining its roads but should do more work in-house, she said. “We need to continue to make sure we’re not borrowing for these capital projects,” Johnson said. “We’re working really hard to keep down our costs so we’re not going to outside consultants,” she said. After busting the tax cap in four of the past five years the town should be able to stay below it going forward, she said. A study needs to be done on the Oyster Bay harbor to protect the shell fishing industry, she said. “We need to find out exactly what that dredging is doing to the harbor,” she said.

Johnson, 43, an attorney from Lattingtown, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Tax Revolt lines. She was appointed to the Town Board in 2013 and won election that year. She previously worked in private practice, served as a Nassau County deputy county attorney and administered the Job Training Partnership Act for the town. Johnson also is a licensed real estate broker. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and New York Law School. She is married and has three children.