“There is a great need for a moral vision in the way we govern the citizens here in Glen Cove,” Williams said. The city focuses too much on attracting high-end housing and not enough on developing housing for the working class and working poor, he said. “I think a lot of people are being priced out of Glen Cove, and a lot of people who are already here are feeling the pressure,” he said. Williams said tax breaks to builders could be appropriate in some cases, especially for affordable housing, but the huge breaks to RXR Glen Isle Partners for the Garvies Point project were excessive. Williams said the city should create a recreation center to provide more activities for young people.
Williams, 49, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines. He is pastor of First Baptist Church of Glen Cove. He is a past president of the Glen Cove NAACP. Williams, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, native, studied for three years at Southern University in Baton Rouge and two years at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has lived in Glen Cove for 18 years. He is divorced and has a son.