The main issues on voters’ minds in the district are taxes, job creation and education, Marcellino said. The funding for education was “cut dramatically” to Long Island school districts under the legislature’s Democratic control between 2008 and 2010, but Republicans have worked since taking it back to lessen taxes, he said. “We have eliminated the GAP Elimination Adjustment as of last year’s budget, as well as the MTA taxes imposed on Long Island schools and libraries, so we have been working hard to keep a balance.” He said that he works with local elected officials to get state aid to them where necessary, and helps law enforcement get proper equipment “so we are safe in our homes.” He said he is pleased to see that the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap has held the line on property taxes, but added that inflation, at a longtime low, could rise. “We have to make sure it isn’t harming communities instead of helping.”
Marcellino, 74, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He was elected to the State Senate in a 1995 special election, and has served for the past 21 years. He is chair of the Education Committee and sits on the finance and rules, environmental, social services and banking committees. He is vice chairman of the Transportation Committee. Marcellino received a master’s in marine microbiology from New York University, and earned a professional diploma in school administration and supervision from St. John’s University. He has been a member of the Oyster Bay Rotary for almost 30 years and the Sons of Italy in Syosset. He and his wife have two grown children.