Taxes, Muscarella said, is the issue he hears most often from his constituents. As a steward of the public’s money, Muscarella said he has a duty to spend it wisely. He and the Republican majority in the county legislature have resisted the call to raise property taxes, and are “trying to do more with less.” Muscarella said he supported the consolidation of some county services in an attempt to save money. He would like to find more ways to share services with town and village governments. To keep taxes from going up, Muscarella said the county must enlarge its tax base by courting new businesses, particularly those with high-paying jobs. He supports Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano administration’s effort to persuade Amazon to set up the company’s second North American headquarters in Nassau. He also backs the administration’s plan to bring high-tech and biotech jobs to Nassau County. “Rather than raise taxes on the existing businesses we have now, we expand the tax base,” Muscarella said. “That way we have a larger pie from which to raise revenue.”
Muscarella, 63, of West Hempstead, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. He’s also endorsed by Tax Revolt. Muscarella, who has served in the Nassau County Legislature since 1996, is seeking his 12th term. A former state assemblyman, Muscarella is a partner in the law firm Muscarella & Tomasone. He is active in the Order Sons of Italy in America, the Franklin Square Lion’s Club, the West Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, and other civic and business groups. Muscarella is married with two children.