HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer Rob Calarco was honored by his hometown, the City of Auburn, N.Y., at the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) 2020 Legislative Conference on Jan. 27, 2020.
NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario presented Calarco with a proclamation from Auburn Mayor Michael Quill declaring Jan. 27, 2020 in the upstate New York city as “Robert Calarco Day: Celebrating Public Service” in honor of Calarco’s recent election as Presiding Officer.
“Robert knows the difficulties facing working families in Suffolk County and has dedicated himself to the belief that we can make life better by supporting the middle class and fighting for every person to have a shot at success… Despite tough circumstances – including budget cuts and a political climate that too often does not sufficiently value their work – exceptional leaders like Robert have a drive to serve a cause beyond their own and continue to make real the fundamental truth that people who love their communities can change them for the better,” the proclamation reads.
As one of five children growing up in Auburn, Presiding Officer Calarco learned the value of hard work early on, helping his family with whatever small jobs he could. His father, a first-generation Italian-American, served for 34 years in the local fire department, and his mother helped support the family as a seamstress. His grandfather served as Superintendent of the County Parks Department.
“To be honored by my hometown is truly special and even somewhat surreal,” Calarco said. “Although Patchogue is the home I chose, Auburn holds a special place in my heart, and I am grateful to the mayor and residents there not only for this recognition but also for giving me such a strong foundation in my childhood, which has helped me every day as a public official. My family and the Auburn community taught me the importance of working hard and respecting others, and it was where I was inspired by the dedicated public service of my father and grandfather.”
Calarco found his way to Suffolk County after high school when he chose to study at Dowling College in Oakdale. He went on to earn a Master in Public Administration degree from Stony Brook University. Calarco won election to the Suffolk County Legislature in November 2011 and, after serving as Majority Leader for his caucus and then Deputy Presiding Officer, he was elected by his colleagues to lead them as the legislature’s Presiding Officer in 2020. He lives in Patchogue Village with his wife and three children.
Caption for above photo: The Suffolk County Legislature’s new presiding officer, Rob Calarco, center, holds a proclamation from his hometown, the City of Auburn, declaring Jan. 27, 2020 “Robert Calarco Day.” Pictured at the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) 2020 Legislative Conference are, from left: Deputy Suffolk County Executive Jon Kaiman, Deputy Suffolk County Executive Lisa Black, Presiding Officer Calarco, Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland, and Stephen Acquario, executive director of NYSAC.