Donnelly said he wants to continue addressing quality of life issues that he’s taken on while on the town board, including gang issues and zombie houses. He also said it’s critical to create a business-friendly environment and policy that will attract industries to the Route 110 corridor. He said he wants to help create long-term solutions to reduce the county’s deficit. “I’m a fiscal conservative,” he said. “The most important thing is meeting the tax cap and working toward deficit reduction.”
Donnelly, 51, of Deer Park, is running on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families and Independence party lines. He is a two-term Babylon Town councilman, and served on the town planning board from his appointment in 2009 to his election to the town board in 2011. He has been with the Deer Park Fire Department for 33 years, previously serving as captain of Engine Company 2 and fire commissioner for 10 years. He was also a NYPD officer for three years. Donnelly received a bachelor’s degree in general studies and public administration from St. Joseph’s College. He is married, with three daughters.