Calarco is running on his record of bringing in county funds to improve the district, including $18.5 million to connect homeowners in low-lying areas of Patchogue to the village sewer system, and providing grants for new high-tech septic systems to protect groundwater. He also has worked to provide funding for a master plan for East Main Street in Patchogue, the relocation of the former Carnegie Library to Main Street, and the sale of the former Foley nursing home to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital for the relocation of its dialysis unit, making room for a downtown hotel. He has obtained funding to remove invasive species from Canaan Lake and to redesign Waverly Avenue near Patchogue Lake to improve safety, add parking and allow use of parkland.
Calarco, 38, is seeking his fourth two-year term as a county lawmaker, running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence party lines. He is the legislature’s deputy presiding officer and chairman of the government operations and personnel committee. Born and raised in upstate Auburn, Calarco moved to Suffolk to attend Dowling College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. Later he received a master’s degree in public administration from Stony Brook University. Before his election, he had served as chief of staff for former Legis. Jack Eddington. A resident of Patchogue for 12 years, Calarco is a member of the Patchogue Historical Society and the Patchogue Garden Club. He is married and has a daughter and two sons.