Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, graduated from Connetquot High School in 1990, and attended James Madison University, earning a B.S. in Political Science. During summer breaks in college, Tom was a Park Attendant and Lifeguard for the Town of Islip. After graduating The New York Law School and completing legal internships with The New York County District Attorney’s Office, Office of Special Narcotics, he was accepted to Navy Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Florida. After receiving his commission, Tom spent more than eight years on active duty, earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander; and later the rank of Commander in 2013. His active duty service tours include Intelligence Officer to SEA CONTROL SQUADRON TWO TWO flying strike missions in S-3B aircraft from the USS HARRY S TRUMAN in the Arabian Gulf, in support of Operation Southern Watch, Iraq; as the Terrorism Analysis Cell Team Lead at the Office of Naval Intelligence tracking terrorist threats to the homeland; as a tactical intelligence officer who deployed on his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2004-05 where he lead a small team of Marines supporting Joint Operations.
Commander Croci culminated his active duty service as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room, National Security Council (2005-2007), Executive Office of the President where he directly supported the President and National Security Advisor during countless homeland and international crises. Upon transitioning from active duty in 2007, Tom was appointed to the Homeland Security Council Staff by President Bush where he served until the end of the administration as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council. He was requested to remain on the Presidential Transition Team by President Obama’s administration. Shortly after the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, LCDR Croci was mobilized to active duty from the White House Staff and trained and deployed as an Intelligence Officer with a Navy SEAL team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan. Croci was mobilized again to active duty in 2013, as a Commander with the U.S. Navy Reserves.
Upon his return home in July 2014, Tom was asked to run for the New York State Senate, 3rd District, to fill the vacated seat of Senator Lee Zeldin. Tom was successful in winning the seat.
Supervisor Croci and Senator-elect, and his family, are strong supporters of charitable causes including Drug Dependence and Derek Jeter’s Turn Two Foundation, to name a few. Tom, his dad and sister established the Jo-Ann C. Croci Foundation in memory of Tom’s mother who died after battling cancer in 2008. The Jo-Ann Croci Foundation provides educational scholarships to deserving Connetquot High School students. Tom grew up in Bohemia, and now resides in Sayville.