Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman
Town Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia joined the Oyster Bay Town Board in February 2010. Rebecca, an attorney, is a strong fiscal conservative with a background in planning, zoning and land use, both through her educational studies and job experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, which is the study of how planning, economics and sociology can build a better community.
“It focuses on how downtowns meet with suburbia, making sure one doesn’t infringe on the other,” she explained. “It incorporates the exact principles that Supervisor Venditto undertakes when ensuring proper planning throughout the Town, something in which I look forward to further participating.”
Councilwoman Alesia, a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney, served as lead trial counsel for both felony and misdemeanor cases, including narcotics, gang violence and assaults. She also served on the Nassau County Assigned Defender panel, representing indigent defendants. She serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for the Surrogates Court, where she is assigned to represent disabled or incapacitated persons in estate planning matters. Most recently, Rebecca worked for the Town of Oyster Bay’s Office of the Town Attorney, where she was responsible for litigation and trial work.
“I worked on keeping a big box store out of the Hicksville community, and was responsible for shutting down several huge boarding houses throughout the Town of Oyster Bay,” Councilwoman Alesia said. In addition, Rebecca was a member of the Town of Oyster Bay Safe Housing Task Force, which focused on ridding communities throughout the Town of some 35 illegal housing cases, all of which were solved during her tenure on the task force.
As Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman, Rebecca has brought fresh and innovative ideas to the Town. She was instrumental in spearheading a Farmers Market to the Town of Oyster Bay, working with local organizations in Hicksville. To further help in the revitalization of downtown Hicksville, the Councilwoman, together with Supervisor Venditto, committed a $3 million beautification project to help strengthen the business environment by enhancing the appearance of the downtown.
As Councilwoman, Rebecca continues her efforts in preserving the quality of life enjoyed by Town residents. She works with residents who want to bring smart redevelopment and restoration to their communities. As a young mother, Rebecca knows firsthand the importance of family life. Hoping to be an ambassador for young people, she wants to bring awareness of various programs available in the Town to young families.
“We have so many great facilities and programs available for children and young people here in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Councilwoman Alesia said. “I have been working to bring a better awareness of such amenities to families throughout the Town.”
An advocate for animals and pet adoption, Councilwoman Alesia helped bring the Town’s involvement to the annual Paws 2 Love Pet Adoption Festival, a not-for-profit event which brings together local rescue groups and shelters in an effort to help bring awareness of pets in need of forever homes, while providing a fun-filled and informative day to the community.
Additionally, she is looking to embark on recycling initiatives and taking on environmental concerns.
Councilwoman Alesia is a member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations. To help support our troops, Rebecca annually takes part in Operation Shoe Box, which sends much-needed personal care items to troops deployed overseas.
Rebecca attends Manetto Hill Jewish Center in Plainview. She and her husband Salvatore reside in Plainvew with their young son.