Piccirillo is concerned about the county’s structural deficit and debt, which he described as “a direct tax on a whole generation of children who haven’t been born yet.” To improve fiscal responsibility, Piccirillo said he would like to see county agencies face more rigorous audits. “There is waste in every single department in the county,” he said. He also said he would lobby New York State to pay a greater portion of Suffolk County’s Medicaid costs. Piccirillo also expressed concern about the county’s response to the opioid crisis, saying local leaders have not paid sufficient attention to the mental health side of the issue. “I don’t think we can arrest our way out of this problem,” he said, adding that he would lobby the state and federal government to open additional mental health facilities. Piccirillo called for campaign finance reform legislation that would bar county legislators from voting on contracts for any companies that had contributed to their political campaigns.
Piccirillo, 34, of Bohemia, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. He has worked as a manager at restaurants for the past seven years, including at an Italian restaurant in Oakdale for the past two years. Additionally, he has volunteered for the campaigns of Republican candidates running for local, state and federal office, including Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). He is a member of a number of political and civic organizations: the Rotary Club of Sayville, the Knights of Columbus, the Suffolk County Young Republicans, the Islip Town Republican Committee and the East End Republican Club. He studied history and economics at Dowling College but did not complete his degree. He is not married.