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Independence Party backs GOP nom in Islip

Heading the GOP ticket is Tom Croci, 38,

Heading the GOP ticket is Tom Croci, 38, a former Naval lieutenant commander who worked in the White House situation room during the George W. Bush administration and did two stints in Afghanistan. Credit: Handout

Tom Croci, the Republican nominee for Islip town supervisor, won the backing of the Independence Party. He has already been cross-endorsed by the Conservative Party.

Croci said the Independence Party’s support was proof of what he is hearing throughout the town — that residents want a new type of leadership.

“I am not a career politician. I am a hometown guy who worked at the highest levels of our nation’s military and in small business,” he said. “My focus is on growing Islip’s economy, returning credibility and honesty to government and keeping taxes low.”

Croci, 38, is a Navy reserve lieutenant commander and aide to state Sen. Lee Zeldin. Croci worked in the White House during the George W. Bush administration and did two tours in Afghanistan. He also worked on President Barack Obama’s transition team.

Democratic incumbent Phil Nolan was endorsed by both the Conservative and Independence parties during the last election in 2007. Nolan also had the endorsement of the Working Families Party line in 2007, as he does this year.

“This is obviously a political deal involving minor parties and nothing more," Nolan said. This campaign for me and my team is all about our record of accomplishment — we've held the line on taxes, run efficient and frugal government, moved our airport forward to the point we’re on JetBlue’s very short list for a new base, and on the economic development front, brought Sysco and other companies to Islip creating hundreds of jobs at the same time as we kept GE Aviation and Wenner Bread, among others, retaining hundreds more jobs all in tough economic times.”

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