For infrastructure, development and the environment
John Cochrane is a former local businessman and a U.S. Navy veteran. He said that both his previous endeavors have contributed to his decision-making skills, which are perfect for a councilman.
Cochrane is an incumbent on the Republican ticket, running for Islip Town Council. He prioritizes infrastructure, development, policing and the environment. Touching upon property taxes, he reverted the conversation to infrastructure and development, as they are directly relevant, especially in the Town of Islip, and especially now.
“Taxes are never going to go away,” Cochrane said. “[Dealing with them is] an integral part of the position.”
He said that spending the money the right way is key, and infrastructure projects are absolutely granted consideration for funding.
“Paving a road is automatic recognition,” he said. “Nearby residents who drive on a particular road every day are immediately and directly impacted when you fill in potholes, some that have not been touched in 30 or 40 years.”
The Maple Avenue project in Bay Shore is one of Cochrane’s prized jewels, as he said this project represents his strides to improve infrastructure.
Cochrane said that 80,000 potholes have been filled across the 18,000 miles of roadway within the township, and that large of an area is tough to police for only 13 town enforcers.
Along the lines of crime, Cochrane said there is a lot of reliance on Suffolk County.
In addition to touching upon the opioid epidemic and gang presence in the township, Cochrane brought up the 320 additional cameras around the town.
“The cameras will help alleviate crime when people know there are eyes on them,” he said.
Although marinas and convenience stores have had their fair share of gang presence, Cochrane has put paramount focus on the train stations with nearby bus stops. He said bus stops situated near train stations have become a convenient avenue for heroin dealers.
Upon the topic of the environment, Cochrane called himself a conservationist, making note of his dedication to aquafarming in the Great South Bay. Cochrane said that aquafarming in the GSB was ultimately championed by him. There are now 25 total farms of the sort in Islip.
When talking about nitrogen pollution, Cochrane made note that the eastern parts of the township are without sewers. And with plastics and its respective pollution, he encouraged recycling programs and expressed the importance of 5-cent plastic bags.
Cochrane said that the paramount objective of the job is to get things done, but stressed that he will assess every situation on a case-by-case basis.