Toranzo said he's concerned about quality of life and crime in the district. He worries Long Island is becoming unaffordable and people are moving away. "You can't expect people to pay more and more taxes for services we don't even use," he said. He pointed to county buses he sees in the neighborhood that are mostly empty as a sign of potential waste in services. He said the county should also look at improving the tax base by attracting businesses and eliminating regulations that are hurting businesses. He said he'd also like to lower the sales tax "to spur economic activity."
Toranzo, 52 of Shirley, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Reform party lines. He retired in 2006 as a detective with the NYPD after working there for 20 years. He was an undercover narcotics officer before working at One Police Plaza helping implement the CompStat System crime data system. He graduated from Bay Shore High School and then entered the city police force in 1986. He has lived in Shirley since 1993. He and his wife, Donna, have four children. He runs a computer business, RC Computers Inc., out of his home and coaches youth baseball and soccer. He is vice president of the William Floyd Republican Club.