Town leaders look ahead to the challenges they face in 2013.
Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer said he will make superstorm Sandy recovery and repairs his top priorities in 2013. He plans to ask for federal and state funding for residents and business owners seeking help to raise their properties above flood levels and for others who can't afford needed repairs in neighborhoods along the Great South Bay.
Brookhaven Supervisor Edward Romaine said his 2013 agenda will be dominated by recovery from superstorm Sandy and the $247 million town budget.
East Hampton Republican Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said his biggest challenge in 2013 might be finding a how to get the entire board to agree on ways to solve critical town problems.
Mayor Ralph Suozzi said the city will work cooperatively with all schools in Glen Cove, not just the public schools, to help them strengthen security and safety post-Newtown.
Helping residents recover from superstorm Sandy, encouraging development, stimulating the local economy, maintaining town services and improving the environment are among the challenges for 2013 identified by Supervisor Kate Murray.
Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone said the greatest challenges he is facing in 2013 include economic issues and developing a plan for how to use the Huntington Station Armory.
Islip Supervisor Tom Croci said the challenges he is facing in 2013 include recovery from superstorm Sandy, the $112.5 million budget and increasing commercial traffic at the town-owned Long Island MacArthur Airport.
Superstorm Sandy's destruction changed Long Beach's history forever, and 2013 will be the year the city must rebuild stronger, City Manager Jack Schnirman said.
Supervisor Jon Kaiman said that as the economy improves, the town must continue making do with less.
The new year brings with it the continued challenges of recovering from superstorm Sandy with both "physical and psychological efforts," Supervisor John Venditto said.
Win or lose, Sean Walter said, his biggest challenge in 2013 will be to get the town's Enterprise Park at Calverton subdivided so it can be sold and new businesses can open up there, bringing jobs and tax revenue to the town.
Supervisor James Dougherty said his biggest challenge in 2013 will be finding the money to deal with state-mandated payments for pensions and health benefits.
Smithtown Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said in 2013 he plans to continue the town's efforts to promote “green energy” and wants to limit the number of zoning variances granted to property owners.
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said the town's recovery from superstorm Sandy continues to be a major priority for 2013 and challenge as Southampton works to clean up and re-nourish its beaches.
While Southold continues to focus on rebuilding and recovering from Sandy, Supervisor Scott Russell said, the town also will be negotiating two collective bargaining agreements in 2013 -- one each with the Police Benevolent Association and the Civil Service Employees Association.