Thomas Croci

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Thomas D. Croci
Tom Croci Senatorial Portrait.jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byLee Zeldin
Succeeded byMonica Martinez
Town supervisor of Islip, New York
In office
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2014
Preceded byPhil Nolan
Succeeded byAngie Carpenter
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceSayville, New York
Alma materJames Madison University (B.S.)
WebsiteOfficial Site

Thomas D. Croci is an American Politician and Military Officer who served in the New York State Senate representing the southern portion of Suffolk County, NY between 2015 and 2018. He previously served as the 57th Town Supervisor of Islip, NY from 2012 through 2015.[1]

Son of Tom and Jo-Anne Croci, Senator Croci grew up in Bohemia, NY and attended Connetquot High School within the Connetquot School District where both his parents taught. He then went on to James Madison University followed by New York Law School completing a legal internship with the New York County District Attorney's Office, Office of Special Narcotics, and subsequently passed the New York Bar. He was then accepted to Officer Candidate School (United States Navy), Pensacola, Florida. After receiving his commission, Tom spent over 8 years on active duty, earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 2013. [2] [3]

His active duty service tours include Intelligence Officer to Sea Control Squadron VS-22 flying strike missions aboard a Lockheed S-3 Viking aircraft from the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Southern Watch, Iraq. He also served as the Terrorism Analysis Cell Team Lead at the Office of Naval Intelligence, where he tracked terrorist threats to the homeland. Senator Croci also saw active duty as a tactical intelligence officer when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004-05 leading a small United States Marine Corps team supporting Joint Operations. [4]

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 George W. 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 for the Presidential transition of Barack Obama administration. Shortly after the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, LCDR Croci was mobilized to active duty from the White House Staff where he was trained and deployed as an Intelligence Officer with a United States Navy SEALs team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom- Afghanistan. Croci was mobilized again to active duty in 2013 as a Commander with the United States Navy Reserve and returned home to Long Island in July 2014. [5] [6]

Senator Croci served as the Chairman of the New York State Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs and the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Counterterrorism and Public Protection. Croci also served as a member of the following NYS Senate Committees and Task Forces: Civil Service and Pensions, Codes, Education, Energy and Telecommunications, Senate Committee on Ethics and Internal Governance, Higher Education, Infrastructure and Capitol Investment, Judiciary, Technology and Innovation, Transportation, the Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction and, the Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. [7]

in 2018 Senator Croci was recalled back to active duty and accepted orders that preclude him from running for public office. He therefore did not seek a third term representing the Third District in the New York State Senate. [8]

Senator Croci and his family have long been supporters of charitable causes including, The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation to name a few. Tom serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Tom & Jo-Ann Croci Foundation in memory of Tom’s mother and father who died after battling cancer. The Tom & Jo-Ann Croci Foundation provides educational scholarships and grants to support youth. [9]

Croci abruptly left the state Senate to rejoin the U.S. Navy in May 2018 without resigning his seat. According to Newsday, Croci’s absence threw "a monkey wrench into the day-to-day operations of the State Senate" by depriving Senate Republicans of a governing majority. [10] Croci did not seek re-election in November 2018.[11]

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Lee Zeldin
New York State Senate
3rd district

2015–2018
Succeeded by
Monica Martinez
Preceded by
Andrew Lanza
New York State Senate
Chairman of the Committee on Ethics

2015-2018
Succeeded by
Alessandra Biaggi