Croci said he will continue the work he started during his first term, including on safety and security, aid for education to keep property taxes low, economic development while battling zombie homes, and the heroin scourge. As the chair of Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs, Croci said, “We’ve been looking at how New York is postured to prevent an attack.” He and fellow members of the heroin task force have been putting more money into treatment, recovery and prevention efforts, he said. As for the zombie home epidemic, Croci pointed to legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this year: “We need to get these blights out of our communities and start holding banks accountable so we can get these homes back on the tax rolls and people back in these homes.”
Croci, 44, of Sayville, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independent and Reform party lines and is seeking a second term. A former Islip Town supervisor, Croci graduated from Connetquot High School in 1990 and earned a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. He also is a graduate of the New York Law School. After completing Navy Officer Candidate School, Croci spent more than eight years on active duty, including tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan and a stint as a senior duty officer in the White House Situation Room from 2005-2007. Croci serves as president of the Tom & Jo-Ann Croci Foundation, which provides educational scholarships and grants to support youth, an organization in memory of his parents who died battling cancer.