Thomas Muratore, 70, is a Republican from Ronkonkoma whose principal accomplishment during this two-year term was securing 28 acres in Selden for ballfields, a walking path, a playground and parking. He navigated the red tape to have the parcels transferred to Town of Brookhaven ownership. The four-term legislator, a retired Suffolk County police officer, also convened a committee of private citizens to question PSEG Long Island about its proposed rate increase.
Muratore's opponent is Democrat Jonathan Rockfeld, 30, of Islip Terrace, an assistant clerk at the Suffolk County Board of Elections. He did not accept an invitation to speak to Newsday's editorial board about his candidacy and isn't actively campaigning.
In his next term, Muratore should involve himself more in countywide issues. He knows law enforcement and could reasonably offer insight about Suffolk County crime.
Newsday endorses Muratore.