Astrid Fidelia (Democrat, Working Family, Women’s Equality): Candidate
Astrid Fidelia

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Astrid Fidelia (Democrat, Working Family, Women’s Equality): Candidate

Story By: RICK CHALIFOUX
10/15/2015


This year’s candidate for the Islip Town Clerk is Astrid Fidelia, who ran for a spot on the Islip Town Council two years ago. Fidelia said she is looking to alter the current dynamics in town hall.

“The culture of town hall is just not appealing at all,” said Fidelia. “Many people are disappointed in the administration, and our team is looking to restore public trust in the town.

“We’re not politicians—we’re leaders,” she added. “We want to be the voice of the community and serve the people.”

Fidelia noted that she is committed to complete transparency regarding town files and records. 

“The FOIL process is broken,” she said. “They don’t respond to requests, and people are complaining about the same things that never get answered. With the town clerk, you get the runaround and you can’t get a timeframe for certain things. We feel that they’re not inclusive, so we want to be able to make all documentation available so people can be part of the process.”

Fidelia is currently a licensed real estate associate broker and the executive director of a nonprofit. She formerly served as senior vice president of strategic planning and marketing for Anchor Capital International, where she created a financial platform for the international trade industry. She is also the former executive director of the Town of Islip Foreign Trade Zone, administrator for the Federal Foreign Trade Zone program, Suffolk County director of the Long Island Board of Realtors, and director of the New York State Board of Realtors. She is the founding president and board member of the Haitian American PAC, an advisory board member of the Haitian American International Chamber of Commerce, and a founding member of the Islandia-Central Islip Rotary Club, where she has served as president.

She said that she is committed to utilizing her business experience to serve the town’s residents and believes she is prepared for the task of handling permits and licenses.

“My team’s mindset is to run the town like it’s a business,” said Fidelia. “We need to be productive about proficiency, technology and clean energy. It will be a lot of work in the beginning, but it’s okay because in the long run, everything will be more economical and expedited quicker.”

Fidelia referred to the Foreign Trade Zone and Islip MacArthur Airport as “sleeping giants,” and stated that the key to greater success is to bring in more jobs and revenue.

“You can’t just wait for companies to fall on your lap,” she said. “You have to think outside of the box and go create opportunities. I would reach out to all of my past contacts to try and help bring more businesses to the town and more airlines at our jewel of an airport.”

Other departments Fidelia wishes to improve and streamline include the Zoning and Building departments.

“Homeowners and business owners are getting a ton of summonses, especially in towns up north,” she said. “Similar businesses up north have many more summonses [than elsewhere], and I’ve spoken with people who feel they’re being harassed. It’s really unfair. Everybody needs to be treated the same.”

The candidate also gave her view on pending mega-developments, including the $4 billion Heartland Town Square plan.

“Heartland is a good project, but there are some issues with it,” she said. “I think certain things could be tweaked related to infrastructure, traffic, and the potential of overcrowding the schools. It would be ideal for my adult children by giving more choices and opportunities for jobs and housing, but the climate here on Long Island needs to change.”

Overall, Fidelia said that she is committed to doing whatever is necessary to make a difference in the public sector by working with the public and assisting her fellow board members.

“I’m going to put my best foot forward and represent the people,” said Fidelia. “I know what I’m capable of. I’m not self-serving—I’m a giver who is always serving the community. I was asked to run because of my track record, and I have the contacts, resources, and the means to present opportunities and do whatever I can to help the team.”

Fidelia lives in Islip with her husband, Martin, and their four children—Jasmin, Jonathan, Joshua and Justin.