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Islip supervisor Tom Croci set to return on Wednesday

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, left, greets American

Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, left, greets American Legion Riders representative George Surber at the Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home in West Sayville on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Photo Credit: Daniel Goodrich

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) will be among the welcoming crowd greeting returning Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci at his welcome-home party Wednesday at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Croci is returning from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan, where he served as U.S. Navy commander.

Zeldin plans to present Croci with a New York State Liberty Medal upon state Senate approval.

“This is Tom’s third deployment overseas,” said Zeldin, who is a major with the U.S. Army Reserves and has served overseas. “He has served honorably in the Navy for a long time and his community and country are grateful for his service -- as we are for all the men and women who volunteer to protect our country.”

Croci was deployed last summer, 16 months into his first term as town supervisor. He has had a long career in the military, including attending Navy Officer Candidate School and working in the White House situation room and serving on the Homeland Security Council staff.

He returns to a town rocked by an investigation into illegal dumping of toxic waste at the Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and other locations.

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