Thomas F. 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
from the 7th, later the 8th district
In office
January 1983 – December 2005
Preceded by John J. Flanagan Sr.
Succeeded by Philip Boyle
Personal details
Born Thomas F. Barraga
(1943-04-23) April 23, 1943 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Joanne
Children two
Residence West Islip, New York
Alma mater St. John's University
Long Island University
Columbia Pacific University
Profession politician
Religion Roman Catholic
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 was a member of the New York State Assembly for 23 years.

Biography[edit]

Barraga was raised on Long Island, attended St. Joseph's Elementary School in Babylon and graduated 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 earned 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]

Barraga began working in the private sector, and held positions with the American Can Company, Dun and Bradstreet, and Pfizer. He entered politics in 1977, serving as Town Clerk for the Town of Islip. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1983 to 2005, sitting in the 185th, 186th, 187th, 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, 194th, 195th and 196th New York State Legislatures. On November 8, 2005, he was elected in the 11th Legislative District to the Suffolk County Legislature.[2]

Barraga resides in West Islip. He and his wife Joanne (née 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 used to be vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Suffolk Community College.[1]

Controversy[edit]

On January 29, 2014, Barraga wrote a letter [3] to a young constituent whose mother was struck by a car that made an illegal left-turn, seriously injuring her, while she was riding a bicycle in Babylon. Barraga advised that he felt, "no one... who lives in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle." Barraga wrote that additional signage and/or bike lanes would do little to solve the problem, as motorists would ignore signs. "Reality at times can be difficult for some to come to grips with but giving false hope would be inappropriate."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Thomas F. Barraga: Biography". Suffolk County Legislature. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Kerwin, Jeff (September 29, 2005). "Assemblyman Thomas Barraga running for Suffolk County Legislature; squares off against George Hafele in 11th District". Babylon Beacon. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Letter from Thomas Barraga to my son" (PDF). CBS News. February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
John J. Flanagan, Sr.
New York State Assembly
7th District

1983–2002
Succeeded by
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Philip Boyle
New York State Assembly
8th District

2003–2005
Succeeded by
Philip Boyle