There is a new challenger in the Head of the Harbor village board race.
Daniel White, 58, is an attorney who also serves as a trustee for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities and is a member of the Parish Council of the Church of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. White is looking to win one of two available village board seats, currently held by Doug Dahlgard and Ted Naughton.
An 18-percent tax increase and how the village's police department operates are some of the reasons White provided for his entering the race.
But what seems to be the biggest reason for his running are the poor road conditions and storm preparedness, especially with the uproar from locals following the latest blizzard's cleanup.
"If I get elected he is the first person I would want to speak with to find out the challenges facing the Highway Department," White said via email statement. "There has been a lot of finger pointing after Nemo; that’s not productive."
The trustee hopeful provided four goals for better emergency preparedness: ensuring first responders could get where they're needed and residents could find safer lodging if needed, strengthen communication methods with residents, allowing residents to communicate with the village when needed, and to know who your vulnerable residents are prior to any possible trouble.
White is a member of "The Box Party," a party that he said "encourages thinking about both in and out of symbolic political box" and "is an affectionate reference to the Box Wood plant that my great grand father planted at my family home."
Contested elections don't happen too often in the village of Head of the Harbor, and according to aNewsday report [subscription required], the last time there were more candidates than open seats was 2001. Natale Tartamella was one of the newcomers elected in 2001, and has since become the village's mayor.
The village board vote is scheduled for March 19 from 12-9:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 500 North Country Road.