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Suffolk Legis. 7th District Profile: Rob Calarco

Incumbent Rob Calarco, D-Patchogue, is running for re-election for the Suffolk County Legislature 7th district seat which includes Patchogue, Medford and Blue Point in its coverage area against challenging candidate John Halverson, R-Patchogue.

Calarco has been working for 13 years for Suffolk County government, and in addition to his current two-year term has worked six years in the legislature office as chief of staff to former Legis. Jack Eddington. He has been around the county legislature for ten of those years.

Calarco said that voters should vote for the candidate who can best deliver for them and who knows the community.

“That’s what we’ve been doing over the last two years is getting the county government, our budget structure structurally sound, getting our budget to a place where we are no longer relying on one-shots and doing so while holding the line on taxes, and that’s what we’ve done,” Calarco said. “I’ve been involved in this community for quite a few years now, I know it very well, I know the community and civic leaders in all of the districts I represent.”

Calarco wants to work on drawing new business to Suffolk County and continue working on several of the projects in his constituency that he has been actively working on. Among them are promoting the arts and cultural activities in Patchogue Village, developing vacant properties on East Main Street in East Patchogue, finding a use for the old laundry property in Blue Point, working on housing problems in Gordon Heights and setting up a structure to help prevent criminal activity in Bellport.

“Suffolk County is starting to see the light, we’re starting to pull ourselves out of the hole, the economy is finally starting to show signs of turning around and recovery,” Calarco said. “What we have to do in government is make sure that we do everything we can to continue to lay those foundations.”

Election Day is Tuesday. Check back to Patch for election guides and results.

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