Republican East Quogue resident Cornelius Kelly, 39, is a political newcomer hoping to unseat incumbent Legislator Jay Schneiderman, I-Montauk, in the Suffolk County Legislature Second District race.
A small business owner, Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton and an MBA with a double major in finance and economics from New York University. He is a graduate.
Kelly was a bond trader and bond analyst through 2005, when he began his small business, a title abstracting company on the South Fork.
He is a member of the East Quogue Parent Teacher Association, a volunteer for Adopt a Family and a former volunteer catechism teacher.
His name will appear on the Republican and Conservative ballot lines.
Kelly in his own words:
I was born and raised on the East End and my wife and I are raising our three children here. I come from the business community and want to apply the same principles I use to successfully run my business to the finances of Suffolk County. We are facing a structural deficit at the County of $150,000,000.00 and need to get our financial house in order.
During my opponents’ tenure in office, Suffolk County began housing 100 percent of its homeless sex offender population in our district, a practice that continues today. This week the appellate court overturned my opponent’s efforts to stop expansion of the Sex Offender trailers in our district — the solution won’t be found in litigation, it will be found by working with the other elected officials of Suffolk County. When elected I will form a strong coalition and institute the voucher program Nassau County successfully uses to deal with their homeless sex offender population and rid our communities of these vermin.
In my community of East Quogue, as well others throughout the East End, the County has begun even more high density housing programs whereby land is seized for delinquent taxes and developed into additional housing. We don’t need more government housing in our communities — they are adding multiples of children to our overcrowded public school classrooms and we are left to foot the tax bill. Our school taxes are skyrocketing and our County government is adding to our burden. I will put a stop to this practice.
I will stand up and fight for all of us and our families.
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