A budgeting expert pushing for tourism and economic development
A former Town of Islip councilman, incumbent Steve Flotteron is running for re-election for Suffolk County’s 11th Legislative District Office on the Republican ticket. Flotteron, who has experience as an insurance agent and stock broker, played a pivotal role in the revitalization of Bay Shore in the 1990s.
“More than half of the storefronts were vacant,” Flotteron said, adding that criminal activity on Main Street was frequent and normal.
Serving on Bay Shore Summit Council in multiple fashions as well as chairing the code-enforcement committee, Flotteron took part in the overall cleanup of the hamlet and its neighborhoods.
His focus on economic development was also evident during his time affiliated with the Town of Islip and afterwards. Inspired by Where Angels Play Foundation, Flotteron secured money and worked to help build 26 playgrounds in the tri-state area in areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Among other contributions from other parties and organizations, Flotteron was able to raise $20,000 for future playgrounds for the organization. He said another consideration for the project was locking down volunteers.
Brookwood Hall in East Islip is just within the district office’s jurisdiction, and Flotteron cited involvement in this capacity as well.
“They were talking to the town about selling the building, tearing it down,” Flotteron said. “I saw the beauty of the Gold Coast era of the property.”
Flotteron led a cause in 2016 to save Brookwood Hall and renovate the structure. Many organizations, including the East Islip Chamber of Commerce, East Islip Historical Society, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Rotary Club and plenty more had a helping hand in this project.
On the topic of taxes and the cost of living, Flotteron made note of Suffolk County’s financial situation: “As one of the richest counties in the U.S., why are we in the worst shape?”
Flotteron said that county officials and decision-makers should focus and hone their particular skills to benefit the county in the most efficient and sufficient way possible.
“There are 18 legislators. Hopefully, each one brings their own talents. It is like a family: one person is good at this, and the other person is good at that. I think I am the one who stands out as the money and budget guy,” Flotteron said, making note of departing his post at the Town of Islip after playing a part in upgrading the town’s bond rating to AAA.
Flotteron also mentioned his push to secure funds for the hotel-motel tax in order to lock down capital improvements.
Another topic of concern that Flotteron has flagged is the lack of focus on tourism on the South Shore, particularly mentioning the historical significance of Sagtikos Manor, which dates back to the 1600s.
“People from Queens and Nassau don’t have to go all the way out to Mattituck [to see historical sites on Long Island],” Flotteron said. “They can just come here to Bay Shore and Sayville. But there was no map put together.”
With help from volunteers, Flotteron created a historic trail map highlighting all the historic spots on the South Shore, starting with the lighthouse to La Grange, Sagtikos Manor, all the historical sites located in Bay Shore on the national registry, Brookwood Hall, Connetquot River State Park Reserve, and everything in between.