Islip Town Board members seek to strip Supervisor Tom Croci of duties

Some board members say the no-confidence move is a way of voicing their opinion of Croci's job performance. (1/29/13)

ISLIP - Four members of the Islip Town Board want to strip Town Supervisor Tom Croci of some of his duties, and residents are demanding answers.

Residents came out in droves to question why the Republican-dominated board would want to usurp duties from the Republican supervisor.

The four Republican board members voted to set a future public hearing on transferring control of certain duties from Croci to the town board. The proposal would put board members in control over purchasing and media relations, as well as hiring and firing.

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Some board members say the no-confidence move is a way of voicing their opinion of Croci's job performance, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Board member Anthony Senft insists the town government would run much more smoothly if the board were "more accountable to the entire town."

Croci, who has been supervisor for one year, says the board's decision is not in the best interest of the town.

Several residents who spoke with News 12 Long Island say they're surprised at the news because they voted for Croci to perform the duties of supervisor, not the board.

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