Schiavoni said he would focus on water quality and work to find ways to dial back nitrogen runoff into bays and harbors. He also would focus on how tick-borne illnesses affect town residents, and look for funding to gather some baseline data on the number of infections as the first step in combating the problem. “We need to bring that issue to the fore in Southampton,” he said. He also would focus on affordable housing and code enforcement. “I’d like to see a plan to allow more owner-occupied accessory apartments, which would serve the dual purpose of keeping people here and allowing them to stay by giving them a second income,” he said. In addition, he said he would explore possible savings through shared services with villages.
Schiavoni, 54, of North Haven, is making his first bid for town board. He is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality party lines. A social studies teacher in Center Moriches, he is a member of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, and is on the Sag Harbor Board of Education. He formerly was a North Haven Village Board member and was on the village zoning board for eight years. He graduated from SUNY Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in education and obtained a master’s at Stony Brook University with a concentration in New York State environment and government. He was endorsed by CSEA Local 852. His wife, Andrea Schiavoni, is a Southampton Town justice. He has two children.