He’s not running
ISLIP TOWN—Sen. Tom Croci recently announced future plans to return to active duty, ending his chance for a third term in the New York State Senate.
“It has been my great privilege to serve the families and communities of Suffolk County as senator these past four years,” noted Croci in a press release. “I have worked extraordinarily hard, and together we have won great victories for the people of our district and our state. I will miss my colleagues in the Senate and all of the people I have been fortunate to meet along the way.”
Croci was elected Islip Town supervisor in 2011 and began serving his term in January 2012. During his tenure, he dealt with the difficulties of Superstorm Sandy that devastated South Shore communities as well as the storms that occurred on the town board, including an attempt by the board to usurp some of his power.
During his term as supervisor, Croci returned to military service in 2013. During his absence, the toxic dumping scandal unfolded in which several sites around the town, including Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, were found to have toxic debris that was later attributed to an Islip Town contractor.
Just after Croci returned from service in the summer of 2014, he accepted the nomination to run for New York State senator. The position had originally been slated for Islip Town councilman Anthony Senft, who had been the parks liaison during the time of the dumping. Senft is now a Suffolk County judge.
“Although I will not be running for re-election to the Senate, I will continue to proudly serve my neighbors and community as a Naval officer,” said Croci. ”Our community has always been supportive of our members of the military—active duty, reserve, guard, and particularly our veterans. We understand all too well the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001, and recognize the higher calling of service in the United States Armed Forces and the importance of keeping our citizens safe.”
Croci, who is a Sayville resident, spent over eight years on active duty with four tours in the Middle East. He currently holds the rank of commander in the United States Navy Reserve.
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