Northport voters will pick a mayor on Tuesday, choosing between eight-year incumbent George Doll and challenger Joseph Sabia, a member of the local school board.
Northport, a village of about 7,500 people, has set a budget for next year of $18,837,596. Protecting and restoring Northport Harbor and improving the village's aging roads and sidewalks are among the issues the board faces.
Sabia, 57, a mechanic, said he decided to run for the four-year position because of what he called high taxes in the village and the deterioration of its infrastructure.
"I am looking for effectiveness and efficiencies," said Sabia, who is running on the Citizens Party line. "I want to go after ethics. . . . There is a lot of nepotism in this village."
Sabia, the owner of Sabia's Car Care, has served on the Northport-East Northport school board for three years.
His priorities, if elected, would include improving the village's roads and sidewalks, he said.
Sabia also cited reforming the village building department, which he said is "too slow."
He said he feels he is a good candidate for the job because of his decades of business experiences.
"I believe we can turn this village around," he said.
Doll, 69, a longtime commercial fisherman, said he first decided to run for mayor because "things weren't running smoothly."
"It was a 'somebody should do something' situation . . . and they were all looking at me," he said. He is running on the Pilot Party line.
In the past eight years, the biggest issue facing the village has become money, Doll said, including funding mandated projects such as the $9.3 million sewage treatment plant upgrade.
Seventy percent of the project is being funded by reimbursable grants. Village officials have said they anticipate the rest will be funded by a 30-year bond.
The village probably will also have to update its storm-water drainage infrastructure, Doll said, predicting it would be costly.
Doll said he and other village officials have tried to keep taxes as low as possible, but doing so has been difficult given the recession and increased pension payments.
Doll also said the roads are "terrible," adding that the village depends on state grant money to do the work and that funding hasn't kept up with the need.
"I want to continue the atmosphere we have here," he said. "I want to see some of the projects through to the finish."
Polls are open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Village Hall, 224 Main St.