Cohen said he wants to draft a plan for relocating shoreline properties because “we have to recognize the threat of sea level rise is real” and prevent property owners from adding hard structures to the coastline. He said he wants to use the Community Preservation Fund to install new low-nitrogen septic systems in larger properties, such as the Springs School, in addition to funding individual home upgrades. He said his “biggest interest” is finding more affordable housing opportunities, including by reviewing town properties to create more overlay districts with affordable housing zoning.
Cohen, 68, of Springs, is running a primary on the Democratic Party line. He is seeking his first term in elected office. Cohen lost a bid for town supervisor by 15 votes in 2011. He has chaired the town’s nature preserve committee since 2008 and is vice chairman of the Springs Citizen Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund Advisory Opinions Bureau and the Suffolk County Tick Control Advisory Committee. The real estate investor is originally from Miami Beach, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971 from Sarah Lawrence College and a master’s of business administration in 2000 from the University of Chicago. He is married.