Hand said the town needs to focus on ethics, fiscal responsibility, and paying down its debt. “It’s important to restore the public’s trust,” Hand said. A part of that restoration in light of the arrests of former town officials and contractors in recent years is increased transparency and vetting of contracts, he said. “Open government is very important,” Hand said. “The public should never fear that their leaders are going to do something that’s not in the best interest of the public.” To help get its fiscal house in order, the town may be able to sell some property to get it back on the tax rolls, and reduce its use of outside contractors and do more work with town employees. Hand said he was “not sold on the idea” of moving town public safety officers to Nassau County, a proposal made in the town budget that was opposed by the town’s public employee union. “I do believe in honoring the collective bargaining agreement,” Hand said. “There’s a no-layoff contract and we have a potential loss of control and direction of the safety officers if they go over to Nassau County.” Hand said that cleaning up the Grumman plume in Bethpage was a “top priority.”
Hand, 57, of Massapequa Park, is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. He was appointed to the town board in May to fill a vacancy. He is a senior manager at FedEx Express, where he’s worked since 1984. He was elected to the Massapequa Water District board in 2012 and served as its chairman. He received his undergraduate degree in business management and master’s degree in labor and policy studies from Empire State University in Westbury. He is married, with two daughters.