Making a difference, regardless of location
Jorge Guadron was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States in 1980. He is a small business owner and has been a Central Islip resident for over 16 years, as well as the acting president of the Salvadoran American Chamber of Commerce.
Guadron is running for election to the Islip Town Council on the Democratic ticket. He said with his vast experience in communication and small-business creation, he can make a difference for Islip residents, regardless of hamlet.
“Our proposals are based on our residents’ needs, concerns and basic human dignity and not on partisan ideology,” Guadron said. “I do not have a magic stick, but I am simply ready, willing and able to do the job a councilman is supposed to do: be your ears, eyes and voice on the board.”
Guadron first spoke about the 50.29 percent increase of the town’s general tax fund since 2012.
“We must stop increases, manage our human and financial resources in a smart way for long-term planning,” he said. “A strategic plan for Islip Town must be created and implemented for a short, medium and long term — not planning for the next election.”
On the topic of affordable housing, Guadron suggested, among other things, offering permits for 55-and-older homeowners to create space to rent out at an affordable price. This allows older residents to stay in their homes longer and also provides low-rent units. He also discussed the repair of zombie homes into thriving ones.
When considering the rate of development, Guadron honed in on the use of smart-growth strategies to maintain a suburban lifestyle character.
“We must plan in a careful, responsible and thorough way, where development should or should not go to help and encourage growth, where business can thrive on walkable downtowns and residents can live close to their daily commute,” he explained.
As for crime prevention, Guadron stressed the importance of keeping the youth busy the entire year by means of cultural and sports programs.
With consideration for the environment, Guadron made note of beach closures caused by nitrogen pollution in the Great South Bay. He suggested more involved tree-planting programs to minimize the levels of nitrogen and other chemicals.
“Trees will absorb the nitrogen and other chemicals in a natural, organic way,” he added.
Guadron was grateful for the opportunity to share his reasons for running for local office.