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Mary Calamia |

Mary Calamia is running for Suffolk County legislator, 8th District

Mary Calamia

Calamia wants to see "more accountability" with how money is spent in the county, especially in the area of drug rehabilitation and sober homes. She added that the county is "literally pouring millions of dollars" into the system, and that it needs to be regulated. "We have a financial crisis that needs full-time attention, and a heroin epidemic that can benefit from having a chemical dependency specialist serving on the legislature." She also wants to see areas that are understaffed given more attention, such as the county's 911 center, and less borrowing to bring the deficit down. "We need to take a good, hard look at the capital budget."

Calamia, 52, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform lines. She is a clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in chemical dependency. Calamia received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the State University at Old Westbury in 1992, and her master's degree in social work from Stony Brook University in 2000. She is a disaster mental health volunteer for the Red Cross and is also active in the Suffolk County Medical Reserve Corps. She is single and lives in Holbrook.