Elected officials share their New Year’s resolutions

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The Long Island Advance reached out to area elected officials asking them for their resolutions for 2024. Here’s what they told us.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Dan Panico

“My New Year’s resolution is to lead Brookhaven toward a brighter future for all. To meet the housing needs of our residents through development, while also continuing to make open preservation a priority. In order to grow, evolve, and thrive, we must be deliberate and decisive in our decision making—but also thoughtful and transparent. I intend on leading Brookhaven boldly and not letting grass grow under my feet. In the words of President Kennedy, ‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’”

County Legis. Dominick Thorne

Thorne’s resolution is “to continue to be a legislator that represents all, all of the time.”

County Legis. Jim Mazzarella

“So many New Year’s resolutions involve dieting and losing weight. As elected officials, our hectic schedules force us to eat wherever and whenever we have time. This is not necessarily conducive to eating healthy. Although my diet is not terrible, I would like to put more effort into making better and more healthy decisions when it comes to eating,” Mazzarella said on a personal note.

“The most recent election has brought me new geographic areas to represent. Part of my resolutions for this year will be to become more familiar with the organizations and more importantly, the residents in these communities,” he added.

Assemblyman Joseph DeStefano

“As a dedicated representative of the state, I’m honored to return to Albany, ready to advocate for the needs of not only my Assembly district, but those of each New Yorker. Addressing pressing issues such as public safety, fair elections, and responsible governance remains at the forefront of my agenda. I’m here to roll up my sleeves, listen to your concerns, and work hard for practical solutions that matter to you.”

Brookhaven Town Councilman Neil Foley

“As your councilman of the 5th District of the Town of Brookhaven, my New Year’s resolution is to enhance community engagement and collaboration. In 2024, let us collectively strive to involve more residents in the workings of our local government, actively seeking the next generation of leaders. I am wholeheartedly committed to personally assisting individuals in understanding the significance of participating in civic affairs. Together, let’s work diligently to build a stronger Brookhaven, fostering the active involvement of our community members in shaping the future of our town.”

Brookhaven Town Councilman Mike Loguercio

Loguercio’s resolution is to continue working on projects, including revitalizing the Montauk Highway corridor in North Bellport.

“I’m also looking to do the same thing in the Middle Country corridor from Coram to Ridge,” Loguercio said.

He also wants to work on preserving open space, demolishing zombie houses, and cleaning up Great South Bay.

On a personal note, he plans to continue speaking to groups about prostate cancer awareness.

“That’s something I want to spend more time doing,” Loguercio said.