Ronkonkoma - (WALK) After spending nearly a year in Afghanistan, Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci said he was "sickened and betrayed" by illegal toxic dumping here at home.
Croci, 42, is a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He recently completed an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan, just 16 months after taking office. He was welcomed home by family, friends, coworkers and government officials at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma Wednesday.
Commander Croci did not say when he would take the helm at Islip Town Hall, but said he would help with the ongoing investigation into illegal dumping of toxic asbestos, pesticides, metals and other materials at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood and at other sites throughout Islip.
Also Wednesday, county officials in Suffolk said they are working with the Police Athletic League, the New York Institute of Technology and volunteer groups to provide free summer youth activities for kids and families who are shut-out of now-closed Clemente Park. The program will also help residents of Central Islip and of North Bay Shore.
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