Pulitano's concern lies with how the town has been managed, according to his campaign. Islip "has been asleep at the wheel while MacArthur Airport loses millions of dollars," while town employees "did nothing as toxic waste was dumped at Roberto Clemente Park and at Veterans Way, costing taxpayers millions of dollars in borrowed money." Pulitano rebukes political patronage and believes town employees should be hired based on their capabilities. He vows to stop tax increases. A longtime resident of the town, Pulitano said he "knows the struggle homeowners are facing, and they need a town government that will be accessible, transparent, and ready to work hard for them."
Pulitano, 54, is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women's Equality lines. He earned his bachelor of arts and master's degrees in marriage and family counseling from Hofstra University. Pulitano has managed a private practice in both marriage and family counseling, as well his current practice as a divorce mediator at New Beginnings Divorce Mediation. He also has been a school drug-prevention counselor, school guidance counselor, district director of counseling and past president of the Suffolk Directors' Association. Pulitano is on the board of directors for both Hope for Youth and the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Hauppauge Rotary, the NY Mental Health Counseling Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Long Island Connects. Pulitano was raised in West Islip, and lives in Holbrook with his wife, Laura, and two daughters.