Panico said he plans to crack down aggressively on blight and illegal housing, similar to the roughly 60 unsafe homes he’s had demolished in the past two years. “Improving the residents’ quality of life is my No. 1 priority,” he said. Panico hangs his hat on having rezoned the Moriches and Eastport areas to avoid commercial sprawl, preserving hundreds of acres of open space and revitalizing several parks in his district. He also plans to construct a spray pad feature at Shirley Beach. “There’s not a person who works harder and knows land use, zoning and planning better than I do,” Panico said.
Panico, 39, of Center Moriches, seeking his fourth two-year term, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. He won a special election in March 2010 to complete the unexpired term of Councilman Keith Romaine, who died in office. An alumnus of William Floyd High School, Panico received his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University and law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is married and has a son.