On January 31, 2017, Joseph Saladino was sworn into office as the 70th Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor and immediately took action to increase governmental accountability, transparency and integrity. Supervisor Saladino kept his pledge to residents by cutting property taxes – putting $2.6 million back into the pockets of homeowners.
Supervisor Saladino’s commitment to restricting capital borrowing, along with fiscally sound policies and conservative-budgeting principles, has helped reduce the town’s debt by over $135 million – the largest decrease of debt in Town history. The credit rating agency, Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings, upgraded the Town of Oyster Bay’s credit rating to investment grade while recognizing the Saladino administration for reducing debt and for a strong budgetary performance.
Supervisor Saladino has worked tirelessly to deliver important services and restore the public’s trust in government. To accomplish just that, Supervisor Saladino and the Town Board took swift action to install a new, independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight. Together, the Town Board and Supervisor have instituted disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and high level employees to prevent conflicts of interest and misdeeds. Additionally, a former Federal prosecutor was appointed to serve as Town Attorney. An individual who previously worked with the FBI, CIA and DEA was hired to serve as the Town’s first-ever Inspector General to protect the wallets of taxpayers by overseeing contracts and procurement.
Sunlight was needed, and Supervisor Saladino shed light on all town functions. To enhance transparency and ultimately save money, the Town Board and Supervisor enhanced live-streaming of town board meetings and work sessions so that the public may view these meetings from the comfort of their own home. These reforms were long overdue and the good-government organization, Reclaim New York, recognized Supervisor Saladino and the Town of Oyster Bay for their accomplishments. The Town of Oyster Bay is the first government in the State to partner with Reclaim New York to proactively improve transparency and provide residents unprecedented access to government.
There is much more to accomplish in the Town of Oyster Bay, and Supervisor Saladino intends to do just that. A strong advocate for the environment and safe drinking water, 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 $150 million remediation initiative recently launched by New York State. As Supervisor, Joseph Saladino jumpstarted the environmental cleanup of a ballfield at Bethpage Community Park. Supervisor Saladino’s commitment to the environment remains steadfast in his role as Town Supervisor, where he will protect the Town’s natural resources and drinking water, including its miles of pristine waterways, open space and wildlife refuges on both the North and South Shores.
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.