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Voters GuideGeneral Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Robert Freier | General Election - Nov. 7, 2017

Robert Freier is running for Oyster Bay town council member

Robert Freier

Freier said the main issues facing the town are corruption, lack of government transparency and the need to develop downtowns. Freier said he wants to “hire people who are the most qualified for the job, not the most connected.” He said elected officials should not accept campaign contributions from town employees. “They shouldn’t feel like they need to give the people they work for, or under, political contributions,” Freier said. The town should create a system like New York City’s 311 system, which gives residents a single phone number to report problems and get information, Freier said. He said he wants the town to have a “forensic audit” of town finances and let residents know what the results are. He also said he wants Oyster Bay to be more affordable for young families through transit-oriented development. “We want to build smart, developed downtowns and kind of use Farmingdale as a model because it’s worked there,” Freier said. He said he also wants more town information to be online. “We can literally put all the town’s business on the website and make it searchable,” Freier said.

Freier, 54, of Woodbury, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Women’s Equality and Working Families party lines. He is an executive recruiter. He graduated from Wheatley High School and received a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and systems management from Ohio University. He served on the East Williston school board from 2008 to 2012. He is married, with two children.