Suffolk Legislator Tom Muratore dies

OnSachem interviewed Tom Muratore in November 2019 during the Conquer the Hills 5K Run and 2.6K Hike at Farmingville Hills County Park.

SELDEN, NY ( / — Suffolk County Legislator Tom Muratore (R-Selden), a retired police officer, died on Tuesday at the age of 75, fellow Legislator Anthony Piccirillo (R-Holbrook) confirmed.

“A mentor, a friend and a true gentleman,” Piccirillo told OnSachem on Tuesday evening. “My heart aches for his wife and his family as well as the residents of the 4th Legislative district which he served with pride. Please join me and say a prayer for Legislator Muratore; he will be deeply missed.”

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David Bligh of Holbrook, who ran against Muratore last November, told OnSachem on Tuesday night how much he admired Muratore.

“Tom cared deeply about our community, choosing a life of public service as an officer and legislator,” Bligh said. “I and so many others admired him for his kindness and sense of humor, refusing to let his profession as an elected official change the man he has always been.”

Muratore’s death comes after he took the oath of office for his sixth term as Legislator of the Fourth District in January. Muratore ran as the Republican, Conservative and Independence candidate. He won in November 2019 against challengers David Bligh, on the Democratic and Working Families lines, and Stephen Ruth, the Libertarian candidate.

“I am honored to serve the people of the Fourth Legislative District for a sixth term,” Muratore said in January as he was sworn in for his latest term. “The trust that my constituents have shown by allowing me to represent them this past decade is truly humbling. Thank you one and all; my staff and I are dedicated to serve.”

Muratore graduated from Central Islip High School in 1963, and has resided in Ronkonkoma with his wife Linda since 1970.

As a former Suffolk County Police Officer and union law enforcement official with over 34 years of service to the community, Muratore has devoted his career to protecting and serving the people of Suffolk County. Prior to becoming vice president for the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, a position that he held for 18 years, Muratore served as a patrol officer and instructor at the Police Academy. Until his death, Muratore served as a member of the Suffolk County Police Columbia Association, and as Secretary of the Executive Board.

He was elected to the Fourth Legislative District in November 2009, and, until his death, served as vice chair of the Public Works, Transportation and Energy Committee. He is also a member of the Environment, Planning and Agriculture Committee as well as the Seniors and Consumer Protection Committee.

In the community, Muratore was a member of the Lake Ronkonkoma Civic Association, a member of the Order Sons of Italy in Ronkonkoma, and a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Muratore graduated cum laude from NYIT with a bachelor’s Degree in professional studies in hospitality management in 2002.

The Fourth Legislative District Muratore represented includes Centereach, Farmingville, Lake Ronkonkoma, Selden, and parts of Coram, Holbrook, Holtsville, and Port Jefferson Station.

Information about the cause of death or funeral arrangements were not yet available. 

Prior OnSachem Coverage of Tom Muratore

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