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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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Town Supervisor Saladino Announces Upcoming ‘Try Hockey for Free’ Program

Special Event to Take Place Saturday, February 25th at the Town’s Ice Skating Center in Bethpage

 

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, will once again host a special “Try Hockey for Free Program” on Saturday morning, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at its state-of-the-art Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Avenue, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

 

Residents can register their child by going to the New York Rangers’ website location for the program at nyrangers.com/tryhockeyforfree.

 

“Youngsters, under the watchful eye of New York Rangers Hockey Development Team and Town of Oyster Bay instructors, will be provided with equipment to participate in a free clinic, introducing them to the exciting sport of ice hockey,” said Supervisor Saladino. “The session will also give parents the opportunity to assess if the sport of ice hockey is a good fit for their youngster, without making an initial financial commitment.” As part of the program, participants will have an opportunity to meet New York Rangers’ alumni.

 

The “Try Hockey for Free” program is part of a nationwide effort by USA Hockey to provide youngsters of all economic backgrounds, an opportunity to play hockey. Supervisor Saladino said the New York Rangers have forged a special relationship with the Town of Oyster Bay, making them a premier partner for its special outreach projects and programs.

 

“This bond was created over the years, the Town’s top flight facilities and its outstanding youth ice hockey program, is well known for making the sport accessible to participants of all economic backgrounds,” Supervisor Saladino said. “As a direct result of this relationship, special programs like “Try Hockey For Free” are offered here in the Town. The end result is a rare opportunity for participating youngsters to experience the game while sharing the ice with New York Rangers Alumni and members of the New York Rangers Development Team.”

 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get the chance to play the greatest game on Earth,” said Rangers legend Adam Graves. “These are kids that might not otherwise be able to experience the game of hockey. They are sure to love it and hopefully this ignites a lifelong passion for the sport.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay offers many outstanding programs and events at its Ice Skating Center. “But this event is certainly high on the list in terms of overall excitement,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The New York Rangers have such a huge fan base and an incredible history. It’s quite an honor that their organization has connected with the Town to bring these types of events to our Town residents.” In addition, time will be set aside for photo opportunities and autographs. “I know that hockey enthusiasts will truly enjoy this special morning Supervisor Saladino said. “It’s an event that is sure to create lasting memories for the entire family.”

 

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Town of Oyster Bay Appoints New Leaders in Various Posts

In a showing of changes to come under his administration, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced the addition of new leaders to various Town roles. At the Town Board meeting held Tuesday, February 14, the Town welcomed a new Deputy Supervisor, Town Attorney, Planning Commissioner, and announced the appointment of a new Commissioner of Public Works. Included in the appointments is Joseph Nocella as Town Attorney.

 

“Few people are aware of the depth of the role the Town Attorney’s Office plays in both Town government and the daily lives of Town residents,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The decision to bring Joe aboard represented a unique opportunity to bring in someone who not only has an extensive background within municipal government, but also has a sterling track record as a federal prosecutor and litigator who has always gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

Town Attorney Nocella brings unprecedented credentials to his appointment as Town Attorney. Dating back to his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Eastern District of New York, where he was commended by the Director of the FBI for his efforts in prosecuting racketeering, extortion, and fraud cases, Town Attorney Nocella has proven time and again to have the highest moral and ethical standards, as well as a willingness to take on the toughest battles possible to protect the best interests of his fellow citizens.

 

In addition to a new Town Attorney, the Town Board voted to approve the appointments of Elizabeth Maccarone as Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development and Richard Lenz as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works. The Supervisor also announced his selection of Gregory W. Carman Jr. as Deputy Supervisor.

 

Supervisor Saladino noted that each of these individuals brought a wealth of ability and experience to the positions they have been appointed to. “Elizabeth Maccarone has worked for the Town of Oyster Bay for nearly 30 years, nearly half of which were spent in the Town’s Department of Planning and Development, and will do an excellent job of increasing efficiency in that department while serving the residents and property owners of the Town of Oyster Bay in the best way possible,” Supervisor Saladino said.

 

“Gregory Carman is a talented, thoughtful, and thoroughly experienced individual who has been extremely active in making his local community a better place, both through public service as the former Farmingdale Village Attorney, and through endeavors such as chairing the Board of Trustees for the Hagedorn Little Village School Jack Joel Center for Special Children,” Supervisor Saladino stated. “Greg hails from a family with a distinguished history of public service, and I am excited to bring him on as Deputy Supervisor to help build a proud future for our great Town.

 

“Finally, Richard Lenz brings decades of municipal experience to his appointment as Commissioner of the Town’s Department of Public Works, a post he once held with fantastic results,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Recently, Richard has served as the Long Island Regional Vice President of the Society of Professional Engineers, representing Nassau and Suffolk County at the State level, looking out for the best interests to help maintain Long Island’s suburban quality of life.

 

“These four individuals have the best interests of their fellow citizens at heart, and will work diligently to help my administration return Town government to the path that it followed for so many years,” Supervisor Saladino said. “The Town of Oyster Bay and its residents truly are getting the whole package: public servants with unmatched dedication, the highest ethical and moral standards, as well as strong, hands-on administrators. I look forward to working with them. We will put the residents and taxpayers first, and build a proud future for our great Town.”

 

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Supervisor Saladino Announces Annual Arts Council Scholarship Competition Applications Now Available

If you are a high school senior interested in pursuing an education in the performing, visual, or literary arts, then you may be pleased to learn about the upcoming Annual Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council Scholarship Competition. The Arts Council Scholarship Competition encourages high school seniors to submit work in categories such as music, dance, visual arts and literary arts for the chance to be awarded a scholarship. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino announced that registration for the Annual Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council Scholarship Competition is currently underway.

 

“The Scholarship Competition is only available for high school seniors who live in or attend school in the Town of Oyster Bay. This event signifies an opportunity for the community to celebrate inspirational works of art in genres such as vocal music, instrumental music, dance, film, and literature,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Each year, dozens of talented high school seniors enter the Scholarship Competition to exercise their talents and display beautiful works of art. The Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council will present scholarships to the winning 2017 Artists in honor of their remarkable talents.”

 

If you would like to participate in the Scholarship Competition, applications can be picked up at your local library, high school, or in the CAPA Office of Community & Youth at 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa NY, 11758. Applications can also be obtained by contacting the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council at 516-797-7926 or by visiting the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council’s website www.tobac.org.

 

Applicants for the Scholarship Competition must submit two reference letters from a teacher or professional in the student’s preferred category in addition to a typed letter (four copies) detailing the participant’s career goals. There is a $25 processing fee for each category. Payment will be accepted as a check or money order only; no cash will be accepted. Please make your check out to the Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council, Inc. Please send or deliver all applications, along with checks/money orders to Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council, Inc., 977 Hicksville Road, Massapequa NY, 11758. Applications for the Scholarship Competition will be accepted no later than March 17.

 

“The Town of Oyster Bay Arts Council Scholarship Competition is an excellent opportunity for any of our younger residents who love to sing, dance, film, or write, to strengthen their abilities all while spending time with other talented individuals who share in their passion for the arts,” Supervisor Saladino commented. “The Scholarship Competition provides an outlet for young artists to exhibit their creative minds in the hope of winning a scholarship to help pursue their artistic endeavors. Win or lose, every submission is guaranteed to impress guests and influence future artists.

 

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Town of Oyster Bay Welcomes New Town Supervisor Joseph S. Saladino

The Town of Oyster Bay welcomed a new Town Supervisor with the installation of Joseph S. Saladino as the 60th Supervisor of the Town of Oyster Bay. Supervisor Saladino, a 13 year member of the New York State Assembly, served in the 9th Assembly District, where he worked to protect the local economy, ease taxpayer burdens and preserve the environment.

 

“I am thrilled to come home and get to work on rebuilding this beautiful Town,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Today we begin anew, to return Town government to a path that it followed for so many years; a path that made Oyster Bay a model of fiscally conservative leadership and which has provided residents with an unparalleled suburban quality of life.”

 

Supervisor Saladino noted he will spend the coming weeks and months working on outlining his goals for the new Town administration. “I will work to gain the faith and trust of our residents, by providing transparency and improving efficiency, as well as looking to provide affordability and fiscal integrity.”

 

In his new role, the Supervisor will use his over 30 years of experience as a government administrator, including the last 13 serving as an Assemblyman, during which time he pushed for government reform, tax reduction, and consolidation of state government. During his years in the Assembly, Supervisor Saladino worked to deliver on-time state budgets, bring ethics reform, cut spending and worked to eliminate a $10 billion deficit in the State budget. Additionally, Supervisor Saladino is known throughout the State for leading the charge to remediate the Grumman Navy Plume to clean up the contaminants in Long Island’s drinking water.

 

“We will save money. We will make Town government live within its means, while continuing to deliver top notch municipal services, the kind of services Town of Oyster Bay residents have come to expect,” Supervisor Saladino said. “Working together, we can move Oyster Bay in a new direction and build a proud future, a future built on the foundation of the highest standard of ethics, strong hands-on management and rock solid fiscal practices. We will put the residents and taxpayers first.”

 

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Assemblyman Saladino, Mayor Scordino, And Babylon Village Officials Honor Veterans

Babylon Village Memorial Day Parade

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, local veterans, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino – Grand Marshall of the parade, Deputy Mayor Kevin Muldowney, Supervisor Rich Schaffer, village officials and members of the Babylon Town Board.

 

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino and our elected officials met with local veterans after the Babylon Village Memorial Day Parade to recognize and honor them for their service to our nation and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. The assemblyman also walked with local elected officials in the town parade to memorialize our servicemen and women. The parade had two Grand Marshalls, Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino and American Legion Post 94 Past Commander Armen Enkabobian.

 

“Every year we recognize the members of the United States Armed Forces who defend our freedom and way of life, especially those who gave their lives in service to our country,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “We must, however, remember our veterans and active duty personnel every day, not only a couple of days out of the year. It is because of these brave men and women that we enjoy the freedom we do. Thank you to all who serve.”

 

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