If elected, McNally said he'd take his devotion to mentoring to the county legislature, pushing for more intervention programs to reach children in need. He said the county needs "fresh eyes" on serious issues. McNally criticized County Executive Steve Bellone's 2016 budget proposal, citing the nearly 3 percent police tax district increase, the $170 million deficit confirmed by the Budget Review Office and Bellone's proposal for $596 million in bond debt for five nitrogen reduction projects and other programs. Instead, McNally said he would propose across-the-board spending reductions of 2.5 percent in all county agencies, except for uniformed services -- for which he proposes at least a 1 percent spending cut. He says it could work by finding efficiencies, particularly through technology.
McNally, 51, of Dix Hills is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. He is national operations attorney for the Warren, N.J.-based Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, working out of its Uniondale office. He's lived in Suffolk County for 10 years, where he's been active in the Town of Huntington Republican Committee. He said he's passionate about mentoring and what it can do for children and, by correlation, the community. For the past decade he's mentored middle school children in cooperation with the Nassau County Bar Association and helped develop several other programs through other organizations. He and his wife have four children.