Russell, 55, of Cutchogue, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines and is seeking his fifth four-year term. He previously served as assessor for 15 years.
- Russell said he will continue to work to make sure land is preserved and the real estate transfer tax money going into the Community Preservation Fund is well-managed. Money in the fund supports purchase of open space and environmentally sensitive lands, as well as development rights on farmland.
- Russell said he will continue programs to help businesses that explain the approval process in pre-submission conferences. He said he expects to get more into the issue of zoning and what's allowable.
- The town needs more affordable housing, and Russell said he will continue to seek code changes such as the one that promotes apartments within existing homes, and to support affordable apartment development such as the 50-unit facility being built in Greenport.