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Voters Guide

Mike Reid |

Mike Reid is running for Hempstead town council member (5th District)

Mike Reid

Reid said he wants to improve the town's finances after Hempstead's bond rating was downgraded earlier this year. He said the town should closely monitor the Nassau Coliseum renovation and surrounding development. He also said the town should focus on developing infrastructure for the growing population. Reid said he would like to see more affordable housing and livable downtown spaces to support local business. Reid is a member of the Bellmore Merrick Heroin Task Force and said the town has a shared responsibility to help the community crack down and treat heroin addiction by making space available for training programs. He said he would like to see more stringent building code enforcement and changing fire codes to require sprinkler systems in new home construction.

Reid, 53, of Merrick, is running on the Democratic, Women's Equality and Working Families party lines. Reid retired after working 20 years as a New York City volunteer hospital paramedic. He worked in emergency services for 39 years, starting as a junior Merrick firefighter and served as a Merrick fire officer and as a fire captain. He was named firefighter of the year in 1986 for rescuing four people from a Freeport car fire. He is a past president of the Nassau Firemen's Association and serves on the board of directors, representing 90,000 volunteer firefighters. He also serves on the New York EMS Council. He is married and has two sons.