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Sayville Attorney Tom Murray Announces Run for Supervisor

Bayport, NY – Bayport resident,Democrat Thomas Murray will challenge incumbent Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter in the 2019 November election. Murray, 31, an environmental attorney and community activist, will campaign on a platform demanding zoning policies that consider large and mid-sized construction projects as a whole to better understand how multiple projects will impact traffic, school districts, the environment and the historic character of hamlet communities in the town.
According to Murray, the current supervisor and the Republican-controlled town board have a record of favoring developers despite strong community protest and are known to accept campaign contributions from developers who do business with Islip Town. Carpenter alone has accepted more than $10,000 in contributions from developers. Murray vows to reject all campaign contributions from developers and other companies who have business with the town. “To accept contributions from developers promoting unpopular projects like the massive Island Hills in Sayville and Heartland in Brentwood, is not just a conflict of interest, but a violation of the public’s trust,” said Murray.

Murray is convinced town government must be more accountable to residents. For example, during 2018, Carpenter voted to increase taxes for homeowners, passing a $234.6 million 2019 budget, including a 1.9 percent increase to her current $106,337 salary, as well as increases for council members. Murray took Carpenter to task during a town board meeting for comparing the tax increase to “a couple of lattes”, saying, “I find it egregious that the board is increasing our taxes while also taking a raise. To use your own words, Madam Supervisor, it may just be just a few lattes to you, but to a lot of people are upset that we’re being insulted while our taxes are being raised.” Carpenter later apologized for the offensive remark.

Murray grew up in Sayville, New York, an Islip hamlet on the South Shore. As a child growing up in a small town along the Great South Bay, Murray developed an early appreciation of what it means to have a strong sense of community. Murray has taken a strong stand before the Town Board and Zoning Board on projects he believes will harm the community, including a slaughterhouse in Islip. He and his wife Caite live in Bayport where they are raising their newborn daughter Beatrix. “My policies are intended to preserve and protect my hometown of Islip for future generations,” said Murray.

Murray attended the University of Richmond in Virginia as an undergraduate and later as a law student and was admitted to the New York Bar Association in 2014. In 2018, he ran for New York State Assembly for the 7th AD, making a strong showing in his first bid for public office.
Murray is looking to the town’s future, not its past. “Our children deserve a future as safe and secure as the childhood my friends and I enjoyed here in our town,” said Murray. “As Supervisor, that’s what I will fight for – your kids and mine.”

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