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Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino to Host Hearing on Remediation of Grumman Navy Plume

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino has announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, together with state and local organizations, will host an educational hearing regarding cleanup efforts of the Grumman Navy Plume, Wednesday, May 24, at Bethpage High School beginning at 7 p.m.

 

“After 13 years of working to get New York State and our Governors on board with cleaning up the contamination in our groundwater, we are finally getting close to making this a reality,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am appreciative to be working with the residents, the Bethpage Water District, and the leaders of the Bethpage community in an effort to fully remediate and finally clean up the contamination of the Grumman Navy Plume.”

 

Supervisor Saladino has made the remediation of the plume his highest priority since becoming a Member of the New York State Assembly in 2004. Among his vast initiatives include the New York State law which he wrote and had passed in 2014, together with Senator Kemp Hannon in the State Senate, which mandated that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation create an in-depth report which proves that hydraulic containment will work effectively on the plume and lays out the design of how to best accomplish that goal. “Now is the time to keep New York State moving toward building the infrastructure to stop the plume and remove harmful chemicals like TCE, PCE, solvents and the 1-4 dioxane that have all been found in high concentrations in our aquifer system,” Supervisor Saladino explained.

 

The Supervisor noted that he will join forces with Nassau County Legislators Rose Marie Walker, Laura Schaefer, and James Kennedy, as well as the Bethpage Water District and Bethpage School District, in keeping residents informed and to build a coalition of effective leaders in continuing to guide the DEC toward full hydraulic containment and remediation.

 

“We will continue working together with the residents, the Bethpage Water District and important community groups like the Bethpage School District and our civic associations to create the highest levels of collaboration, cooperation and communication,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Our residents’ support is essential in this effort. Working together, we can convince the State that we need to once and for all stop the migration of this plume and remove all contaminants.”

 

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Reclaim NY: Town of Oyster Bay a Leader in Online Transparency and Accessibility

The Town of Oyster Bay has further established the transparency reforms promised by Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. Proof of this is the fact that Reclaim NY, a statewide, independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to government reform and accountability has named the Town a leader in online transparency and accessibility, as part of their new initiative aimed at evaluating and increasing online transparency from local governments, called the New York State Transparency Project. At a press conference held by Reclaim NY and the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town received a grade of nearly 80% overall, which is almost quadruple the score the Town received before Supervisor Saladino took office and began to run the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

“When I took office, I promised to regain the faith and trust of our residents by ushering in a new era in the Town of Oyster Bay, one with the highest ethical standards, and complete transparency,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “When Reclaim NY approached the Town about this transparency initiative, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to show how serious the Town is about creating the most ethically operating Town in the state of New York. Upon hearing about the Transparency Project, I invited Reclaim NY in and radically changed the way the Town operates. As a result, the Town has become the standard bearer, as the Town was not only the first to submit to an evaluation by Reclaim NY, but also the first to make the changes necessary to earn the distinction of being a leader in transparency, to better help open the doors of Town government to our residents.”

 

With their online project, Reclaim NY’s goal is to ultimately evaluate each local municipality in New York State on their online accessibility in different categories such as municipal transparency, fiscal transparency, access to information, and contracts, amongst others.

 

As a result of the partnership with Reclaim NY, Supervisor Saladino has drastically changed the way the Town does business, especially when it comes to online transparency and accessibility. After meeting with Reclaim, at the Supervisor’s direction, the Town began implementing new practices to further increase online transparency and accessibility, including posting the rules for contract bidding, instructions for submitting a request for proposals (RFP) along with a list of current RFPs, and overhauling a section of the website which details the Town’s newly restructured ethics guidelines, practices, and reporting, along with other measures.

 

Supervisor Saladino points towards the Town’s unprecedented recent open work session that was held in response to a RFP for the operation of food and beverage concessions at Town parks and beaches as the perfect example of opening the doors of Town government to everyone, ensuring and proving that the Town is operating in complete transparency. During this work session, which was open to the public and livestreamed through the Town’s website for all residents, the Town heard over 18 hours of proposals from each organization who responded to the Town’s RFP.

 

The Town Board and Supervisor Saladino then deliberated and chose the winning bidders publicly so that everyone would know why they were chosen, in complete openness. The result of this process is that the Town will now receive five times the rent they received under the former vendor. Additionally, no taxpayer monies will be used to update the rented facilities. The vendors have committed millions of dollars to rebuild the facilities they are renting.

 

“This unprecedented change in the administration of Town operations adds to the proof of a new way of doing business in the Town of Oyster Bay. A new way which establishes the lead in transparency, ethics, and good government,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Now, through their Transparency Project, Reclaim NY recognizes this new, unprecedented, and wholly different operation of Town government.”

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay has shown it is serious about turning the page on years of controversy by being the first to adopt the vast majority of our comprehensive online transparency practices,” said Brandon Muir, Reclaim New York Executive Director. “Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and the entire town staff, have helped Oyster Bay take a huge step toward a new era of open government by empowering citizens to call for change, and hold officials accountable.”

 

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‘Battle At Bethpage’ Lacrosse Event: Sunday, May 7

Battle at BethpageThe Town of Oyster Bay will host the Battle at Bethpage, a college lacrosse celebration, at Bethpage High School on Sunday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m., according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino. The event will feature two outstanding teams, the Duke University “Blue Devils” squaring off against the Boston University “Terriers.”

 

“Lacrosse on Long Island is incredibly popular, and here in the Town of Oyster Bay, we are proud to partner with the Bethpage Educational Foundation and the Bethpage School District and bring to our facilities this high level collegiate lacrosse contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The two featured colleges are known for their academic and athletic excellence. This is sure to be a hard-fought game between collegiate powers, and I believe that seeing these premiere teams in action may inspire the Town’s young lacrosse players to further their education through athletics.”

 

General admission tickets to the Battle of Bethpage will be available on game day at the field with proceeds going to the Bethpage Educational Foundation, Inc. Donation for adults will be $10 and Children 12 and under will be $5. Attendees are also being asked to bring two cans of food to help support Island Harvest as part of the “LAX Fights Hungers” initiative.

 

Supervisor Saladino said he is already looking forward to the game. “The event is set to be a great experience for the players and fans are sure to have fun rooting for their teams,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I expect those in attendance will appreciate the opportunity to see these outstanding college teams compete locally. It also is a tremendous source of pride that these high level teams will compete at our local facilities, which are among the finest in the Nation. I hope to see everyone at the game.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Wants Your Photos!

Residents Invited to be Featured on Town’s Social Media Pages

 

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino invites residents to share their favorite photos as they ‘Play in Oyster Bay’ this spring and summer.

 

“Our beautiful Town has so many photo opportunities, and I am asking our residents to submit their favorite shots to be featured on the Town’s Facebook pages, as well as in Town publications and facilities,” Supervisor Saladino said. “We open this opportunity to all Town residents, designed to capture recreation and leisure at the Town’s many parks and recreational facilities, or scenic beauty anywhere in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that Town residents have a multitude of recreational facilities at their disposal, including the best parks, world class beaches, a championship golf course, a state-of-the-art ice skating center, pools, marinas and community centers. “There are so many wonderful photo opportunities,” he said. “Fishing, boating, swimming, baseball, skating, picnics, tennis, walking, biking and jogging are just some of the activities that provide great photo subject matter.”

 

In addition to being highlighted on our Town Facebook pages or other publications, submissions will be considered for display at Town facilities, including the Town’s Parks Department at Town Hall South in Massapequa.

 

Residents may send their favorite photos to photos@oysterbay-ny.gov or visit the Town’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OysterBayTown, to make a submission. There is no limit in how many photos can be submitted.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces TOB ‘Battle of the Bands’ Competition

Selected Bands Will Perform on August 5th at the Town’s Music Under Stars Concert Series

 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that the Town of Oyster Bay, through the Cultural & Performing Arts Division of the Town’s Department of Community & Youth Services, will be conducting a “Battle of the Bands” competition to showcase some of the Town’s young musical talent.

 

Supervisor Saladino, himself a musician and member of an accomplished local band, said that selected bands will be given an incredible opportunity to compete live at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Music Under the Stars Concert Series on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at John J. Burns Town Park in Massapequa.

 

“If you’re under 21 years of age and at least one member of your band lives in the Town of Oyster Bay, you are eligible to compete in this exciting contest,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The Town of Oyster Bay’s “Battle of the Bands” provides an awesome opportunity for rising musical stars to experience playing before a large audience and garner exposure for their band.”

 

To be part of the contest, interested bands simply need to record their best original song and a cover song and e-mail it to Sharon Betz of the Town’s Cultural and Performing Arts Division at sbetz@oysterbay-ny.gov. They can also be mailed to: The Town of Oyster Bay Department of Community & Youth Services, Attn: Cultural & Performing Arts Division, 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa, New York 11758.

 

“Please include with your submission a brief biography of your band and a list of members’ names, addresses, phone numbers, ages and instruments,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am sure that this will be the catalyst for a truly great experience for each and every participant of our contest.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that all submissions for the “Battle of the Bands” contest must be received by May 31, 2017 to be considered. For further information, please contact the Cultural & Performing Arts Division office at (516) 797-7925.

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces Town Expanding Upcoming Open Work Session to Increase Transparency, Efficiency

April 4 Board Meeting to Include Presentations on Concession Services at Various Locations

 

To further establish the transparency reforms promised by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, the Oyster Bay Town Board is expanding a previously scheduled special work session at the Town’s next Town Board meeting on Tuesday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. at Oyster Bay Town Hall. In the interest of efficiency and expediency to make sure these locations have ample time to prepare for the coming season, the Town Board will publicly hear multiple proposals in response to a request for proposals for the operation of a food and beverage concession services at Town parks and beaches, as well as the Town Golf Course, Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced.

 

“When I took office, I promised residents that a new era would begin in the Town of Oyster Bay, one with the highest ethical standards, and complete transparency, to regain the faith and trust of our residents,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “The process of a request for proposals follows the letter of the law, but we wanted to do much more to provide additional transparency. The purpose of this work session is to open the doors of Town government to everyone and to ensure we are operating in complete sunlight.”

 

The work session, which will allow for the board to hear presentations on food and beverage concession services at the Town’s Golf Course, as well as at Tobay and Tappen Beaches, will take place in the Town Board Hearing Room in Oyster Bay Town Hall, located at 54 Audrey Ave in Oyster Bay, and will be open to the public, who are welcome to attend and observe the process. The public is encouraged to provide input by offering their comments via email, letter, or during the public comment portion of a Town Board meeting. Additionally, the work session will be live streamed through the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“We want to provide our residents with the best food and beverage services in a way that is affordable and enhances their experiences at our parks, beaches and premiere golf course,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Holding this process at a public open meeting assures that we get it done in time for this season and that we do it right.”

 

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Hicksville Parking Garage Update

A Message from the Town of Oyster Bay

 

The Hicksville Parking Facility is undergoing maintenance. A structural engineer has examined the building and has certified that it as structurally sound. Approximately 78 parking stalls have been impacted and will remain unavailable until permanent repairs are made this summer, at a more convenient time for commuters. Engineers are preparing plans to install expansion joints to allow for movement in the decking of the garage, to avoid cracking in the decking concrete. We are identifying additional parking availability in the nearby area and will provide updates as they become available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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Oyster Bay Board Continuing Transparency Initiatives with Open Work Session

Town Hosting Open Meeting on Concessions at TOB Golf Course

 

To further establish the sweeping transparency reforms promised by Supervisor Joseph Saladino, the Oyster Bay Town Board will hold a special work session open to the public on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Oyster Bay Town hall. The Board will publicly hear multiple proposals in response to a request for proposals for the operation of a food and beverage concession service at the Town’s Golf Course, Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced. This will be the first in a series of special meetings designed to increase and continue his mission of transparency. The work session will take place in the Town Board Hearing Room in Oyster Bay Town Hall, located at 54 Audrey Ave in Oyster Bay, and will be open to the public, who are welcome to attend and observe the process. Additionally, the work session will be live streamed through the Town’s website, www.oysterbaytown.com.

 

“When I took office, I promised residents that a new era would begin in the Town of Oyster Bay, one with the highest ethical standards, and complete transparency, to regain the faith and trust of our residents,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “The process of a request for proposals follows the letter of the law, but we wanted to do much more to provide additional transparency. The purpose of this work session is to open the doors of Town government to everyone and to ensure we are operating in complete sunlight.

 

“We want to provide our residents with the best food and beverage services in a way that is affordable and enhances their experiences at our parks, beaches and premiere golf course,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Holding this weekend at a public open meeting assures that we get it done in time for this season and that we do it right.”

 

While the proposals will be heard at this meeting, the Town Board will take no action on them at this time. It is expected that the Town Board will take action on the proposals at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The public is encouraged to provide input by letter, email or at its next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

 

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Saladino Supports Polar Bear Plunge Events: CP Nassau and Special Olympics NY

Polar Bear PlungeDignitaries from both Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Inc. (CP Nassau) and Special Olympics NY joined forces with Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino at Theodore Roosevelt Park and Marina in Oyster Bay to help promote two upcoming and much anticipated Polar Bear Plunge charity fundraisers in the Town of Oyster Bay. Supervisor Saladino, who has pledged to take the plunge at both events, said that residents looking for an opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating afternoon of fun and a chance to support two great causes should circle Sunday, March 12, 2017 and Saturday, March 18th, 2017 on their calendars.

 

“On Sunday, March 12th, Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Inc. (CP Nassau) will host the 13th Annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser off the chilly waters of the Town of Oyster Bay Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina in Oyster Bay,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The festivities will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with the polar bears taking the plunge at 2:00 p.m.” CP Nassau has been assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1948 and today, helps over 2,000 individuals and their families. It’s easy to register and fundraise online at cpnassau2017polarbearplunge.kintera.org. For information about participation as a swimmer or a sponsor, please contact CP Nassau at 516-378-2000 ext. 648 or visit www.cpnassau.org.

 

On Saturday, March 18th Special Olympics New York will host the 4th Annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge at TOBAY Beach. Brave souls with warm hearts will run, jump, and dive into the waters of TOBAY Beach to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics NY. All funds support Special Olympics NY’s programs and promote awareness of people living with intellectual disabilities in New York. Getting registered is quick and easy. Simply log on to www.polarplungeNY.org/tobay. For more information residents can call Jennifer Cantone at (631) 254-1465 ext. 4204 or send an e-mail to jcantone@nyso.org

 

“Let’s brave the chilly waters together,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Everyone’s help is needed to support these two outstanding events. It’s a terrific and fun way to spend an afternoon helping those in need.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces Sweeping Ethics Reform

Ethics ReformImplementing New Initiatives to Rebuild Trust in Town of Oyster Bay

 

In an effort to rebuild the trust of Oyster Bay Town residents, Supervisor Joseph Saladino has constructed a package of new ethics initiatives, including a new Town Ethics Code and the appointment and creation of an independent and enforcement mechanism designed to attain the highest ethics standards of any municipality.

 

Fulfilling his promise to create a new day in the Town of Oyster Bay, Supervisor Saladino said, “We have implemented a completely restructured Ethics Code, an entirely new chapter of our Town Code and an independent and autonomous Ethics Board for oversight and reform. Since taking office, we hit the ground running and I am pleased to introduce this new code, our Ethics Board and the appointment of a vastly experienced former federal prosecutor as our new Town Attorney. These are tremendous steps toward rebuilding the ethics policies of our Town and thus the trust of our residents.”

 

Supervisor Saladino, joined by Councilwoman Michele M. Johnson, noted that many of the new initiatives will be achieved with the assistance of a newly created Board of Ethics, as well as the appointment of a former federal prosecutor as the new Town Attorney.

 

“Joseph Nocella, a former federal prosecutor with an extensive background in municipal government, brings unprecedented credentials to his role,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I am confident he will enforce positive changes to the way the Town handles contract negotiations and renewals. He brings intensive oversight and will enforce the paramount ethical standards that our residents demand.”

 

As an example of his ethical and professional fortitude and prowess, Joseph Nocella was twice commended by the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, including William Sessions, working under the direction of President George H. W. Bush, and Louis Freeh, working under the direction of President William Jefferson Clinton. He was recognized for his exceptional, above and beyond the call of duty effectiveness in investigating, prosecuting and convicting perpetrators of racketeering, extortion and fraud.

 

“It is a great honor to be chosen by Supervisor Saladino to be the new Town Attorney,” Town Attorney Nocella said. “The Supervisor has asked me to use my experience as a former federal prosecutor to enforce his new policies and procedures to prevent any fraud, waste or abuse, whether it be in contracts or by Town employees.”

 

In addition to stringent contract review, Town ethics reform initiatives have included the adoption of a new financial disclosure process which was created following recommendations from the State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the agency that governs disclosure for New York State. The newly established board will review the most recent submissions of disclosure forms.

 

Supervisor Saladino further added that all Town employees will receive biannual training in ethical practice by a certified ethics trainer. The new Town Code also calls for the creation and distribution of training and educational materials outlining ethical guidelines for anyone intending to do business with the Town of Oyster Bay.

 

“In order to continue to create an ethical firewall in the Town of Oyster Bay, I ensured that no elected official was part of the interview or selection process of our new Ethics Board. This guarantees that the individuals selected were independent and autonomous,” Supervisor Saladino said. “In addition, our Ethics Board is extremely unique in that they have their own counsel separate from the Town Attorney and independent from the administration of this Town.”

 

The Supervisor noted that the five-member ethics board consists of all new members, none of whom are employed by the Town or any other municipality. Additionally, no more than two members of the board are enrolled in the same political party, ensuring diversity. The new Ethics Code further requires that the board meet at least once each quarter, however Supervisor Saladino has requested they meet more frequently in order to quickly get up to speed and consider the issues of the day. The Board must also submit an annual report to the Town Board, summarizing its activities.

 

“I am proud to join our Supervisor in announcing these initiatives we have been working on to help rebuild the trust of our residents,” Councilwoman Michele Johnson said. “Supervisor Saladino has demonstrated he has the leadership and wherewithal needed to bring positive changes to our Town.”

 

“These new initiatives, coupled with the appointment of our new Board of Ethics and new Town Attorney, help mark the dawn of a new day here in our great Town,” Supervisor Saladino said. “I very much look forward to working with the new board to help rebuild trust in the Town of Oyster Bay.”

 

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