BACKGROUND: Fiore-Rosenfeld, 41, an East Setauket attorney, is the incumbent in the 1st District. He is also running on the Independence line. He was first elected in 2003. He worked on a voter referendum that replaced the at-large town board system with district elections. He says he helped reduce the level of secrecy in town government and is a strong advocate for environmental and historic preservation. He promoted subsidies for home solar energy systems and was named "Man of the Year in Government 2005" by local papers.
ISSUES: He says the town must keep buying development rights to preserve farmland and aquifer recharge areas - and this reduces future property and school taxes by reducing the amount of residentially zoned property. Less residentially zoned acreage in town means fewer homes, and fewer new students to educate, he says. "The town level of government is the defender of our quality of life," he says. "Without it, why live here?"