Four candidates — Richard Bajakian, James A. Bonfiglio, Don MaGruder and Nan Yablong — are running for two spots on the town commission. Voters are to pick two of them.
MaGruder, 74, a retired law firm administrator, and Yablong, 65, a retired nurse and CEO of a health management company, are both longtime residents with a good understanding of the problems facing their affluent barrier-island town, mainly managing flooding and rising traffic.
MaGruder, a member of the town Board of Adjustment, emphasizes affordability issues amid soaring land values. Yablong says she’d use her management skills to set performance standards for town jobs. Both would be solid choices to help lead the town of 1,800 people.
Neither Bonfiglio, an attorney and current vice mayor, nor Bajakian, a radiologist who sits on the town Zoning & Planning Commission, met with the Post Editorial Board.
The new commission will have a legal mess to deal with. In January, Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella resigned after being accused in October of shooting a gun in his backyard while intoxicated. A police lieutenant who authorities said was in Lucibella’s backyard, was fired and is suing the town.
Lucibella is facing charges of resisting arrest with violence, firing a weapon in residential or public property and using a firearm under the influence of alcohol. He has pleaded not guilty.