When:
March 20, 2024 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
2024-03-20T07:30:00-04:00
2024-03-20T09:00:00-04:00
Where:
Mid-Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road
Cost:
$10 for members; $20 for non-members
Contact:
Larry Weiss

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Wednesday, March 20

Mid-Island Y JCC

7:30am to 9:00am

Featured Speaker

Town of Oyster Bay Joseph Saladino

(Read his bio below)

Spotlight Speakers for this meeting

Allison Matos – Life Cycle Information Management 

Zehava Friedman – Coldwell Banker American Homes 

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JOSEPH SALADINO

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor

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 in 2018 and freezing property taxes in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. As a result, nearly $9.1 million is back into the pockets of homeowners rather than the coffers of government.

To further protect the checkbooks of residents, Supervisor Saladino instilled fiscal discipline and landmark reforms that together have laid the groundwork for our future. Without raising property taxes, his administration turned a multi-million-dollar deficit into a $88 million surplus. 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 $187 million – the largest reduction of debt in Town history.  The Town’s financial turnaround has been recognized with eight upgrades from two independent Wall Street credit rating firms. Additionally, the New York State Comptroller’s Office entirely removed the Town of Oyster Bay from its fiscal stress monitoring list. This financial turnaround was accomplished while also increasing services, upgrading parks, and repaving over 35% of town roadways.

Supervisor Saladino has worked tirelessly to deliver critical services – especially during the COVID-19 public health pandemic. Services were 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 reenter 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 moved its corporate headquarters to Jericho. Home Depot opened a new final destination facility in Hicksville. London Jewelers selected Glen Head for their new corporate headquarters. Dream Car Restorations has found a new home in Plainview, and their automotive skills will soon be featured on The Discovery Channel.  Business-friendly policies also helped attract a new Amazon distribution facility and hundreds of jobs to Syosset. This facility is significant for our economy as it generates millions in recurring economic activity while bringing new life to a brownfield property that has sat dormant for more than three decades.

Supervisor Saladino delivered on his pledge to enhance ethics, transparency and accountability in government. From the creation of an independent Inspector General’s Office to the appointment of an independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight, the Town has safeguards in place and disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and employees to prevent misdeeds and conflicts of interest. 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.