Toulon said with decades working in corrections, he’s the most experienced candidate in the race. The sheriff’s largest responsibility is oversight of Suffolk jails. As head of the gang unit of Rikers Island, he worked on the investigation in coordination with the NYPD that took down 37 members of the Bloods gang last year. He also oversaw the application investigation unit, the training academy, emergency management office, fire safety and nutritional services. “It makes me well-rounded to walk in on day one and know the true correctional practices that are occurring,” Toulon said. He said he would increase training for correctional officers and he wants to strengthen the re-entry program for inmates, including working with faith-based organizations and community leaders to reduce recidivism.
Toulon, 55, of Lake Grove, is running on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence party lines. He worked in the New York City Department of Correction for 25 years, retiring this year as deputy commissioner. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Monroe College, a master’s in business administration from Dowling College and a doctorate in education. He worked under County Executive Steve Bellone as an assistant deputy county executive for public safety from 2012 to 2014 before rejoining the city Department of Corrections. A two-time cancer survivor, he counsels other cancer patients. He has coached roller hockey and ice hockey for seven years. A widower, he is remarried and has two sons.