Rhoads said that since he won the seat in a special election two years ago, he has opposed tax and fee increases in County Executive Mangano’s budget plans each year. Rhoads said he’s also focused on overhauling the county’s contracting and procurement process by “increasing disclosure requirements, strengthening board of ethics oversight and sponsoring the law making Nassau County the first in the state to ban convicted felons from holding county office.” Building on his experience as a first responder, he’s also advocated for anti-drug abuse programs, including sponsoring training in the administration of the opioid overdose antidote Narcan. To fight opioid addiction, he said he’s seeking “legislation requiring a mandatory 72-hour in-hospital hold for evaluation and intervention on all overdose patients.” Rhoads is also running on his “ability to deliver on community projects” to the communities in his district, such as renovations at Wantagh Park and the Bellmore-Merrick Roller Hockey Rink.
Rhoads, 48, of Bellmore, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, Reform and Tax Revolt party lines. Rhoads grew up in Wantagh and graduated from Wantagh High School. Rhoads has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany, and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He is an attorney in private practice in Farmingdale with the Grey & Grey law firm. Rhoads has been a volunteer firefighter with the Wantagh Fire Department for 25 years and is an ex-captain of Engine Co. No. 5. He is parishioner at St. Barnabas R.C. Church in Bellmore, and is the youth minister at St. Pius X R.C. Church in Plainview. He is married.