Tassone says he is "vehemently opposed" to the proposal for a casino in Medford, saying it will cause property values to sink in the area, have an overall effect on quality of life for nearby residents, and could have "potentially dramatic effects" on traffic. "I don't think the county has done enough to stop it. The leadership has been completely silent on the issue." In addition, he says the county's $1.5 billion of debt and lower-than-anticipated sales revenue needs to be addressed with surgical cuts across departments, and the county needs to do more to attract a stronger commercial tax base. "We've recently seen companies leave Long Island to go to Ohio and New York City," he said. "And when it has become more cost-effective for companies to do business in New York City than Suffolk County, we have a serious problem."
Tassone, 44, is running on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform lines. A resident of Patchogue, he graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in social interdisciplinary studies, in both political science and sociology, in 1994. In 2000, he served as legislative aide to former Legis. Andrew A. Crecca. After working for a communications company, Tassone worked as chief legislative aide for the Brookhaven Town Council. He is now executive assistant in the waste management department in the Town of Brookhaven, and also serves as the energy coordinator there. Tassone sits on the Patchogue Village Zoning Board and is a member of the Patchogue Elks Lodge.