He said he's spent his career focused on people and wants to bring that to the city council. "I want to make Glen Cove a people-friendly city," he said. Machida believes the city should be doing more to help its young families and its senior citizens, who may need more help when it comes to resources. "I'm talking about bringing in new families, keeping our senior citizens here with dignity," he said. He said that while he appreciates the attention paid to waterfront development, he also believes the downtown area of Glen Cove could use support to transform it into a destination for the greater Glen Cove area.
Machida, 70, of Glen Cove, is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. He has a degree in philosophy from Maryknoll College, where he was studying to become a priest but changed career goals. He got a master's degree in education from Adelphi University and a master's in political science from C.W. Post College, now LIU Post. He is retired, but worked as an elementary school teacher in East Islip for 45 years and taught English to sixth- and seventh-grade students in Ethiopia for two years. He served for a time as vice president of his local teachers union and, more recently, he was president of his housing co-op's board for 10 years.