Thomas Barraga

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Thomas Barraga
Member of the Suffolk County Legislature from the 11th District
Assumed office
January 2006
Preceded by Angie Carpenter
Member of the New York State Assembly
In office
January 1983 – December 2005
Succeeded by Philip M. Boyle
Personal details
Born Thomas F. Barraga
(1943-04-23) April 23, 1943 (age 71)[1]
Brooklyn, New York[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joanne[1]
Children two[1]
Residence West Islip, New York[1]
Alma mater St. John's University
Long Island University
Columbia Pacific University[1]
Profession politician
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website Official website

Thomas F. "Tom" Barraga (born April 23, 1943)[1] is a member of the Suffolk County Legislature in New York, representing the 11th Legislative District, which includes West Islip, Bay Shore, Fire Island, and parts of Brentwood. He previously was a member of the New York State Assembly for 23 years.

Barraga was raised on Long Island, attending St. Joseph's Elementary School in Babylon and graduating from St. Anthony's High School in Smithtown. He received a B.B.A. degree in marketing St. John's University in 1964. Barraga served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, receiving an honorable discharge in 1966. He went on to earn an M.B.A. from Long Island University in 1972 and a Ph.D as a Doctorate of Philosophy, Business and Public Administration from Columbia Pacific University in 1981.[1]

Initially working in the private sector, Barraga held positions with the American Can Company, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pfizer. He first entered politics in 1977, serving as Town Clerk for the Town of Islip. He was elected to the State Assembly in November 1982.[1] In 2005, while still an Assemblyman, he ran for office in 11th Legislative District of Suffolk County.[2] On November 8, 2005, he was elected to the Suffolk County Legislature.[1]

Barraga resides in West Islip. He and his wife Joanne (nee Kurtz) have two daughters. He is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in West Islip, the Sons of Italy, and the American Legion. He was formerly vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Suffolk Community College.[1]

Bicycling and motorcycling[edit]

In January of 2013, at Barraga's request additional pedestrian lighting was placed along Higbie Lane/Udall Road in West Islip after a West Islip High School student walking on the street was involved in a hit-and-run on New Years morning.

In June of 2013, Barraga proposed a resolution to protect bicyclists which required helmets be worn by all ages. Currently Suffolk County Law only requires those under the age of 16 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. [3]

On January 29, 2014, Barraga wrote a letter [4] to a constituent whose mother was struck by a car that made a legal left hand turn and injured her while riding a bicycle in Babylon, advising that "no one . . . who lives in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle."

In February of 2014, after months of urging the Town Board approved a speed reduction from 35mph to 30mph on Higbie Lane/Udall Road in West Islip. [5]

New York State election results[edit]

Thomas F. Barraga (REP - CON - RTL) ... 15,471
James P. Heath (DEM) ... 7,681
Thomas F. Barraga (REP - IND - CON - RTL) ... 21,948
Thomas J. Hroncich, Jr. (DEM - WOR) ... 13,969
Thomas F. Barraga (REP - IND - CON - RTL - WOR) ... 21,693
Barraga Van Kirk (DEM) ... 7,889
Thomas F. Barraga (REP - IND - CON - WOR) ... 31,971
Bridget S. Middleton (DEM) ... 17,023


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New York Assembly
Preceded by
John Flanagan, Sr.
New York State Assembly, 7th District
Succeeded by
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Philip M. Boyle
New York State Assembly, 8th District
Succeeded by
Philip M. Boyle
Political offices
Preceded by
Angie Carpenter
Suffolk County Legislature, 11th District