Nicolello said that as a member of the legislature’s leadership team, he has worked to prevent county taxes from rising. “The Republican majority has held the line on county taxes with no increases for the past six out of seven years,” he said. Nicolello also credited the Republican majority with taking positive steps to improve “the county’s financial shape,” saying, “We’ve reduced the structural deficit by $72 million while freezing taxes. . .” Nicolello also credited the Republican-led county government with making progress in developing the Nassau Hub in Uniondale and renovating the former Nassau Coliseum “without the use of taxpayer funds.” He said that, through a deal with Brooklyn developer Bruce Ratner, “the county used to subsidize the Coliseum — now we are guaranteed an income from it.” He said his next priority for the Coliseum is “to encourage the entity that runs the Coliseum to add the seats” to bring the New York Islanders hockey team back to Long Island.
Nicolello, 57, of New Hyde Park, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. Nicolello, former counsel to the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board, was first elected to the legislature in 1995 and is serving his 11th consecutive term. For the past four years, he has been the legislature’s deputy presiding officer. Nicolello has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from St. John’s University and a law degree from Fordham Law School. He is the first vice president of the of the Mineola Lions Club, and previously was president of New Hyde Park Kiwanis. He’s also a member of the Cellini Lodge Sons of Italy in New Hyde Park. Nicolello, who practices law in Uniondale, is married and has two children.