Mr. McHugh told the Great Neck Record that his work "with the civics" gave him a "great scope of the whole area." He was quick to note that he has "been there (at town meetings) through three administrations." His years of experience, said Mr. McHugh, have provided him with "a knowledge of how the town board operates ... I even know behind scenes activities ... I know the town commissioners and I have relationships with them, I have already worked with them."