Patricia NicolasNov 7, 2017, 4:58 pmNov 7, 2017, 5:01 pm

Voters set to elect new Suffolk sheriff for first time in 12 years

Republican candidate Larry Zacarese is new to politics but thinks he has what it takes to beat his opponent, Errol Touloun Jr.

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ISLANDIA — Republican candidate Larry Zacarese says he and his party have done all that they can do to gain votes in today’s race for Suffolk County Sheriff.

The Smithtown resident has several years of experience in public service and says he is making residents’ public safety concerns his top priority.

“It’s my first time in politics. I am very happy to be here, especially after 11 months of hard work. From a policy standpoint and talking to the voters after a year or so, they are worried about crime, drugs, and gangs, and they are worried about the safety of their communities in Suffolk County. So those are my top three things that I will be focusing on,” Zacarese said.

If he were to win, Zaracrese says he would bring a fresh take on law enforcement policies.

“There’s, unfortunately, a long history of political patronage associated with Suffolk County but particularly the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, so I think it's a fresh perspective from a policy standpoint, it's a fresh perspective from a candidate standpoint and a fresh perspective and go in and go away from the days of patronage and into merit and rewarding hard work and promoting and taking care of people that are doing the job and work hard every day,” he said.

FiOS1 News reached out to Democratic candidate Errol Touloun Jr. for an interview but did not receive a response.

According to his campaign website, he has 30 years of criminal justice experience, 22 of those years were spent as a uniformed member of service with the New York City Correction Department. He also spent two years as Suffolk County's assistant deputy executive for public safety.

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