A rally, attended by a large number of Veterans and their supporters, was held on the steps of the Islip Town Hall this morning.
The servicemen and women where outraged over mailings made by Democrat Town Supervisor Nolan, accusing his opponent, Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Croci, of being a carpetbagger candidate. Spokesman, Tom DeLuca, Army vet, and Vice Chairman of American Legion Post 651, condemned Nolan’s “attacks on an Islip born and raised Navy Commander”, and called on him to, “apologize to all veterans”.
Having never worn the uniform of his country, it is easy to understand how Supervisor Nolan would be confused about the need to have more than one address, while always standing ready for deployment, far away from home. Tom served as both an Intelligence Officer with a SEAL Team in Afghanistan, and as the Navy liaison to the White House Situation Room. Apparently, Mr. Nolan is unable to understand that it is not always possible to “commute” to the office while on active duty.
Press releases to Newsday and News 12 regarding the event went ignored. While both organizations have given enormous coverage to New York City’s Occupy Wall Street protests, neither saw fit to cover a group of Long Island Veterans speaking out against Supervisor Nolan’s attempt to punish Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Croci, for honorably serving his country.