Businessman Sal Ferro has an extensive list of goals he’d like to accomplish if he’s elected as a Republican to the Huntington Town Board.
As the CEO of Alure Home Improvements, he has maintained a belief in fiscal conservatism. “It’s real important to me that we watch every penny. In doing that, we’re being responsible. I feel that I’m an advocate for citizens when I take that position.”
On some of the issues facing Huntington:
He said the frequent opposition heard in Huntington to various building projects labeled as overdevelopment requires a nuanced understanding of the term.
“It means something different to different people. Some are going to say buildings are too high, or there’s too much building going on. Each and every project has to be looked at.”
He said zoning laws should be reviewed, and that his experience as CEO of Alure Home Improvements gives him a unique skill set to deal with certain problems related to zoning. “We can’t completely say goodbye to investment. And while respecting zoning laws, have we done zoning the right way? Should we have some adjustments?
“For example, how do we make zoning changes in an office park, possibly make changes to create a hub, such as Hauppauge has? Each part of Long Island is growing into its own. Part of what i’m trying to do is helping Huntington exceed our potential. We can look at our potential. We should be more than just this great town with a great downtown We have great arts and culture here, and a wonderful waterfront and a regional medical center. How do we continue to tie it together? We can’t really do much if we don’t have the proper infrastructure,” mentioning the lack of adequate sewering as one issue.
“We are partnering with Suffolk County (on sewers), which appears to be working in the right direction,” he said.
He also said that departments in Town Hall, such as the Building Department that was the subject of many complaints during the Covid-19 shutdown, need streamlining and help.
“That department is near and dear to me, and there are good people in that department. It went from 0 to 60 when they had to shut down during Covid, and got hit with quite a bit of work,” he said. They need some upgrading,” Ferro said, noting that worked with the Town of Hempstead to improve its operations a member of an advisory committee.
He said making government working well requires leadership and a culture of care, involving improvements in systems, processes, tools and technology and a policy to treat people like customers.
He said he had heard from long-term town employees who said they hadn’t seen an elected official in 15 years.
A sign of a good leader, he said, was that they’d recognize that there’s room for improvement, that a change is needed but “don’t always throw people under the bus.”
He also said that appointed town jobs “should be going to the most qualified person regardless of the lettter after that name. This is something i believe in, and something I said when I was screened and I hope the Democrats believe in the same thing.”
In his business, “If I put somebody a postion because they were somebody’s kid, I’d be out of business. I have to put in the people who are qualified.
Asked about the town’s preparedness for the next crisis, he said, “I can tell you as a citizen that when things got bad, we seem to shut down. We seem to be getting tougher storms,” and said he wanted to know more about how connected the town is with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as know more about t what the town’s disaster plans are.
He also said that he’s a strong proponent for public safety and that “walking outside in your neighborhood should be a right. In some areas, it’s a privilege.”
Dealing with drug addiction and overdoses across all socioeconomic levels, including providing Narcan training and supporting treatment programs, is also an issue he supports.
On why and how he’s running, he said, “Honest and credibility–I stick to these two things. I am going to win or lose my way, and Huntington wins no matter who gets chosen. Obviously I think I am the most qualified. I chose a path of civility,” he said. “There’s not a bad bone in Joe Schramm or Jen Hebert,” He said of his Democratic opponents. “Am I going to rip someone apart because of politics? No.”
Residents should vote to “hire the most qualified, not the lesser of two evils,” he said. “We want to represent our town.”