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VOTERS GUIDE Nov. 2, 2021 general election

Robert T. Calarco

Robert T. Calarco is running for Suffolk County Legislator, 7th District

Robert T. Calarco

ROBERT T. CALARCO

Democratic

BACKGROUND:

  • Calarco, 41, a county legislator, is seeking reelection to a 6th and final term. He is also running on the Working Families Party line.
  • He is presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. His peers chose him to lead the 18-member body in 2020 and again this year.
  • Calarco earned his bachelors degree in political science from Dowling College in Oakdale in 2001 and masters degree in public administration from Stony Brook University in 2003.

ISSUES:

  • Calarco pledges to improve transportation networks by bringing bus rapid transit, a bus-based public transportation system designed to improve capacity and reliability, to Suffolks downtowns.
  • He promises to work to secure millions in federal and state funding to help pay for a sewer project that would allow about 500 homes to connect to the Patchogue sewage treatment plant.
  • Calarco says he wants to identify the "right" opioid treatment and abatement programs to fund, using $150 to $200 million that pharmaceutical companies agreed to pay Suffolk County to settle a lawsuit filed by the county in which the county alleged that the businesses fueled the opioid epidemic on Long Island.

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