Muratore said the county needs to cut spending to reduce the structural budget deficit, roll back unpopular fees and suspend the red light camera program until an independent review determines whether the program is working at intersections where data show accidents have increased. He said Suffolk needs to work to combat gangs and opioid abuse and should initiate education programs in middle school to keep youngsters from getting involved.
Muratore, 72, seeking his fifth term as a county legislator, also is running on the Conservative and Independence Party ballot lines. He spent 34 years as a Suffolk County police officer, retiring in 2007. During that career, he was vice president of the Suffolk Police Benevolent Association for 19 years. He graduated from Central Islip High School and received a bachelor’s degree from New York Institute of Technology in 1963. He and his wife live in Ronkonkoma.