“I focus on being a fiscal watchdog for the taxpayers of Islip and bringing honest, good government to the town,” Bergin-Weichbrodt said. She said her top priorities are to rein in “excessive spending” in the government. “It’s not a personal clash. I’m very adamant about trying to keep spending in check and keep borrowing at a minimum and staying under the (state-mandated property tax) cap,” Bergin-Weichbrodt said, and added, “I won’t work with anybody who intends to pierce the cap.” She pointed to several raises given to senior administration officials and commissioners last year as an example of where to trim the town’s financials. “I’m not in favor of excessive spending,” she said. “I only agree to spend money where I feel it’s necessary for the safety for our residents.” If re-elected, Bergin-Weichbrodt said she would focus on improving the amenities in the town for residents. “I would like to see our marina and our parks and our waterways kept in safe, running and pristine condition for the residents of our communities,” she said.
Bergin-Weichbrodt, 46, of East Islip, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Women’s Equality lines. She was first elected to the board in 2010 and is now seeking her third and final term on the Islip Town Board as she will be term-limited. She grew up in Ronkonkoma and received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the New York Institute of Technology and a master’s in journalism from NYIT. She is involved with St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church of Bay Shore, her homeowner’s association in East Islip, and the PTAs of her children’s schools. She is married and has four children.