Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino was sworn into office on January 31, 2017, and immediately took action to increase accountability, transparency and integrity in government. Supervisor Saladino kept his promise to residents by cutting property taxes in 2018 and freezing property taxes in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Nearly $5.2 million is back into the pockets of homeowners rather than the coffers of Town government.
Without raising property taxes, the Saladino administration turned a multi-million-dollar deficit into a $27 million surplus in just three years through landmark reforms and fiscal discipline. A commitment to restricting long-term borrowing, along with fiscally sound policies and conservative budgeting principles, has helped decrease the Town’s debt by a historic $160 million – the largest reduction of debt in Town history. The Town’s financial turnaround has been recognized with four upgrades from two independent Wall Street credit rating firms. A single Wall Street credit rating increase during the COVID-19 economic crisis is amazing, yet the Town received two during the pandemic. Additionally, the State Comptroller’s recently removed the Town of Oyster Bay from its fiscal stress monitoring list for the first time since the program’s inception in 2013.
Supervisor Saladino has worked tirelessly to deliver critical services – especially during the COVID-19 public health pandemic. Services never slowed nor stopped during the pandemic; instead, services were enhanced to collect food for individuals in need of assistance and blood donations for local hospitals. Career services were offered virtually to help people re-enter the workforce, and red-tape was limited so restaurants could offer immediate outdoor dining. The Saladino administration’s anti-tax, pro-jobs policy positions have laid the foundation for the return of jobs. The 1-800-Flowers company is now moving its corporate headquarters to Jericho. Home Depot opened a new final destination facility in Hicksville. GEICO is adding over 100 jobs to their offices in Woodbury. London Jewelers selected Glen Head for their new corporate headquarters. Amazon plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Syosset, which is a significant boost for our economy as it will generate millions for our economy while bringing environmental cleanup to a brownfield property.
Supervisor Saladino delivered on his pledge to enhance ethics, transparency and accountability in government. From the creation of a new independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight to disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and high level employees, actions were taken to prevent conflicts of interest and misdeeds. Additionally, a Federal agent who previously worked with the FBI, CIA and DEA was hired to serve as the Town’s first-ever Inspector General to help the Supervisor protect the wallets of taxpayers by overseeing contracts and procurement. To enhance transparency, the administration enhanced live-streaming of town board meetings and improved the Town’s website. Reforms were long overdue and the good-government organizations, Reclaim New York and the Empire Center, recognized Supervisor Saladino and the Town Board for proactively improving transparency and provide residents unprecedented access to government.
A strong advocate for the environment and safe drinking water, Supervisor Joseph Saladino has led the fight for the complete hydraulic containment and remediation of the Grumman-Navy plume. As a State Assemblyman, Mr. Saladino authored and passed milestone legislation to begin the state’s process of cleaning up the largest and most highly-concentrated plume of dangerous chemicals in a sole source aquifer anywhere in the nation. This legislation paved the way for the $585 million remediation initiative launched by New York State. As Supervisor, Joseph Saladino jumpstarted the environmental cleanup of a contaminated ballfield at Bethpage Community Park. Supervisor Saladino’s commitment to the environment remains steadfast in his role as Town Supervisor, where he continues environmental initiatives aimed at protecting the Town’s natyral resources and drinking water, including its miles of pristine waterways, open space and wildlife refuges on both the North and South Shores. At the same time, Supervisor Saladino has launched quality of life initiatives to tear down zombie homes, improve parks and beaches, and significantly increase funding for road repaving. On his watch, the Town of Oyster Bay earned recognition as a Climate Smart Community and was also named a leader by NYSERDA for helping assist residents with obtaining residential solar
Prior to serving as Town Supervisor, Joseph Saladino served residents in the New York State Assembly for six terms where he was one of the original sponsors of - and approved - New York State’s Property Tax Cap and STAR Rebate Checks. Mr. Saladino was a leading advocate for Megan’s Law, which requires law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. He began his career in broadcast journalism as a news anchor and reporter with Long Island’s largest television and radio station. He also worked with a Long Island civil engineering firm immersed in civil construction and environmental engineering projects. A lifelong community volunteer, he is a 30 year member and past Kiwanis Club President, where he received the distinguished “Kiwanian of the Year” award. He has been named an honorary member of the Massapequa Fire Department Companies 4 and 6. He has spent decades serving the community as a volunteer, including as a member of the Lions Club, the Sons of Italy-Columbus Lodge, the Chamber of Commerce, and as a former Trustee of the Historical Society. He was inducted into the Massapequa High School Hall of Fame and the Massapequa Mustangs Hall of Fame.
Supervisor Saladino is an outdoorsman, mountain climber, experienced fisherman and boater, who has studied marine resources and has brought this background to the government, protecting our waterways and preserving clean and plentiful drinking water. He has a love for music and enjoys jamming with his band at local restaurants throughout the Town of Oyster Bay. Joseph attended Tulane University and holds a Master’s Degree from the New York Institute of Technology, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.