Touro Law Grad Wins Upset Victory in Suffolk GOP Sheriff Primary

September 19, 2017

Lawrence Zacarese ‘14, the Assistant Chief of the Stony Brook University Police Department, scored an upset victory in the Republican primary for Suffolk County Sheriff on Tuesday, September 12, defeating party choice State Senator Phillip Boyle.
In his first try for public office, Zacarese was endorsed by Newsday, and won 56% of the 22,000 votes cast, defeating Boyle, a veteran of 23 years in the State Legislature, for the GOP nod. Boyle retains the Conservative and Independent lines, so the two will face off again in the general election on Tuesday, November 7.
He stated, "Our campaign began last December with one goal in mind, to give the people of Suffolk County a qualified choice for the next Suffolk County Sheriff.  While I know that primaries are not necessarily popular among some in political circles, they are crucially important to the democratic process.  The primary win last Tuesday was not only a major victory for our campaign but I also think it was a major victory for all county voters."  
Larry attended Touro in the part-time division. He served as Treasurer of the Student Disaster Relief Network and won the CALI - Excellence for the Future Award for both Disaster Law and Policy and the Disaster Law Clinic.
He began his career as a paramedic before joining the New York City Police Department, where worked as a patrol officer and plainclothes anti-crime officer for five years until his transfer to the Emergency Service Unit, serving as a canine handler and tactical paramedic for nearly seven years before being promoted to Sergeant. Thereafter, he worked as a uniformed patrol supervisor and, in his last assignment, as the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit Sergeant, before joining the Stony Brook University Police in 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s in Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Larry also holds post graduate certificates from Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Virginia in Global Security & Terrorism Studies and Criminal Justice education.


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