Calling himself a "fiscal conservative," Tricarico says the county is in "complete disarray" and he would bring a more fiscally responsible approach to government. Among his ideas: a zero-percent based forecast for sales tax. Tricarico says the county is consistently overestimating how much it will bring in, and a short-and long-term plan to pay down the deficit and capital spending. Public safety is another big issue with Tricarico, who says that the heroin epidemic is fueling a rise in crime, especially with quality-of-life issues such as car break-ins and illegal trespassing at local beaches and parks. "We need more police on the street, and we can do that by using lower paid cops coming out of the academy," he said.
Tricarico, 31, is a registered Republican running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. Currently the deputy superintendent of highways for the Town of Brookhaven, Tricarico received a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Hofstra University in 2006, a master's degree in public policy in 2007, and a master's of business administration in 2013, both from Stony Brook University. He lives with his wife and daughter in Wading River.