Maxima Castro (Democrat, Working Family): Candidate
This is the first run for public office for Maxima Castro, a community activist in her hometown of Brentwood. Although very involved in her community, she pretty much worked behind the political scenes until something happened in her community signaling a desire to get more involved.
“I’ve been working to try to improve the community,” said Castro in a recent telephone interview. “But once the [toxic] dumping in Roberto Clemente Park occurred, I felt we needed some representation [from the community] in the Town of Islip.”
Castro has lived in Brentwood for the past 24 years. She is a member of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, the Brentwood Historical Society and the Islip Chapter of the NAACP. She currently works for the Child Care Council of Suffolk and is the host of the “Women of Destiny” television show, which can be found on the Internet, YouTube and on Facebook. She said she is passionate about improving her town and has exhibited that desire by helping to found the Brentwood Community Garden Organization and the Brentwood Community Garden. She has worked with a number of community-based organizations, such as Brentwood Concerned Citizens for Change, New York Communities for Change and Make the Road NY.
Aside from her community work, her experience working in the accounting field for the past 27 years seemed to be a perfect fit to run for the office of Receiver of Taxes.
“I know it is not a policy making [position], but with my accounting experience, I have the right training for the position,” she said.
As Receiver of Taxes, Castro said she would ensure that the administration of tax collection is done in a professional manner. She said her office would be run in a manner that utilizes taxpayers’ dollars efficiently.
One of the changes she said she’d make is to improve the way the public can retrieve information on their taxes.
“I’d like everything to be digitized and more readily available to residents,” she said. “[At tax time] May and December, it’s hard to get that information.”
Castro said she is looking forward to serving the people of Islip Town and has already enjoyed meeting many of them.
“I’ve been campaigning every day,” she said. “This is all a new experience for me, but I’m learning. And,” she added, “I’m not afraid of new challenges.”
The candidate is married with three children and is a grandmother to three as well.
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