Labriola wants to strengthen the comptroller’s role as the chief watchdog of the county’s finances. He plans to double the number of annual audits from around 12 to about 25, and to conduct more frequent follow-up audits to ensure that reforms have been instituted. Labriola would also create a whistleblower cellphone app that the public could download to anonymously report fraud, government waste and inefficiency. “We need to restore trust in government and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent appropriately,” he said. Labriola has also called for the creation of a database to track the work and criminal histories of county contractors and their principals. Vendors would be graded based on past performance and experience while contractors with problematic histories could be suspended from doing business with the county. The idea first was proposed by Democratic District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Labriola, 55, of Massapequa Park, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. Labriola graduated from St. John’s University in Queens with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and received a master’s degree from St. John’s in public administration. Labriola represented the Assembly’s 12th District from 1997 to 2003, when he decided not to seek re-election. He then served as Oyster Bay Town clerk from 2004 to 2013 and was chief deputy county comptroller from 2013 to 2015, working for Comptroller George Maragos. Since 2015, Labriola has been the chief compliance officer in Nassau’s Office of Management and Budget. He is married, with two daughters.