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Oyster Bay Town Council Candidates: Meet Erin Guida

Patch logo Patch 10/15/2019 Daniel Hampton
a close up of a woman who is smiling at the camera: Erin Guida is one of seven candidates vying for three council seats in the Town of Oyster Bay. © Courtesy of Erin Guida. Erin Guida is one of seven candidates vying for three council seats in the Town of Oyster Bay.

HICKSVILLE, NY — Voters in the Town of Oyster Bay will head to the polls Nov. 5 to cast their ballots for supervisor, council, clerk and receiver of taxes.

In the council election, seven candidates are vying for three open seats. Three candidates are running on the Democratic ticket and three are running on the Republican line. One is running as a Libertarian.

Comprised of the supervisor and six council member, the town board is the legislative body for the Town of Oyster Bay. The panel is responsible for operating the town, and does this by passing local laws, ordinances and resolutions.

Unincorporated areas in the town include Bethpage, East Norwich, Glen Head, parts of Glenwood Landing, Greenvale, Hicksville, Jericho, Locust Valley, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Oyster Bay, Plainview, Seaford, South Farmingdale, Syosset and Woodbury.

Incorporated villages in the town include Bayville, Brookville, Centre Island, Cove Neck, Farmingdale, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Massapequa Park, Matinecock, Mill Neck, Muttontown, Old Brookville, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay Cove, Roslyn Harbor, Sea Cliff, Upper Brookville and Westbury.

Patch reached out to both candidates via email and/or Facebook to hear where they stand on important issues affecting the community.

Here are their responses.

Erin Guida

  • Age (as of Sept. 1): 39
  • Town of residence: Hicksville
  • Position sought: Town of Oyster Bay Town Council
  • Party affiliation: Unaffiliated.
  • Family: My husband's name is Brett, we have been married for 14 years and we have two children: Lincoln, 10 and Chloe, 8.
  • Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No.
  • Education: Bachelors degree in product development and merchandising from the University of Cincinnati.
  • Occupation: Hicksville public school employee, three years; designer (previously), 10 years.
  • Previous or current elected or appointed office: PTA president 2016-18 and Hicksville Council of PTAs vice president (current).
  • Campaign Website: ElectErinGuida.com

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The single most pressing issue facing our town board is corruption. Corruption in the Town of Oyster Bay is prevalent and endemic. As the next councilwoman, I'll work with my colleagues to make budgeting, debt and procurement more transparent which are key to balancing our town finances.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

I have proven leadership in our community within a not for-profit entity, the background in working cross-functionally within a corporate environment but most of all, I have the dedication and perseverance to bring people together to restore trust within our local government.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)?

We deserve leaders who put the people first, and bring our communities together to actively participate. Elected officials, are liaisons who are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the entire local community but the current supervisor chooses to only represent the voices that agree with him.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

I would like to see term limits to ensure accountability with the responsibility of serving the community! Our coalition believes government is about public service, not self service. I'd also like to see council districts so every community has a representative who is answerable to taxpayers. Councilmanic districts offer the best chance to fairly represent all the neighborhoods of the town with their diverse populations and specific needs. It leads to the best representation of our whole population, which is a crucial key to real democracy. The six council members along with the supervisor would still look at the big picture and interests of the town as a whole, for issues like budgeting. Ultimately, this could restore trust within our local government from those communities who have been under represented.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

I was elected PTA president in 2016 to help rebuild the organization by fostering better relationships between the teachers and parents which would ultimately benefit the children. I worked with our executive board, the principal and the teacher liaisons to establish trust and create better collaborative efforts. This role required strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and has given me experience in the art of compromise and the ability to find common ground when dealing with differing opinions.

The best advice ever shared with me was ...

Listen and learn from those who surround you!

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am a PTA mom who saw a need in my community so I stepped off the sidelines and into the political world to advocate for my town and my fellow neighbors. I started my civic engagement with the Parent Teacher Association in the Hicksville Public Schools where I continue to be active on the executive board as a council delegate and board of education liaison. I am also active at the district level as the Hicksville Council of PTAs’ vice president and I sit on district wide committees: policy committee and safety committee. Being unaffiliated, I am committed to working across the aisle to do what's best for the town and each community.

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