A Talk with Supervisor Joe Saladino
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino sat down this week with The Leader for an interview. Supervisor Saladino is running for re-election on November 5th. He is running on “delivered promises and a record of evidence based achievements.” Supervisor Saladino is the happiest he has ever been in his 30 plus year career of public service. He credits his father’s 1985 campaign for NYS Supreme Court Justice as the fostering of his love of public service. Continuing his dad’s legacy in public service is for Saladino, a “life’s dream come true.”
Joe began his career in broadcast journalism as a news anchor and reporter with Long Island’s largest television and radio station. Supervisor Saladino is an avid outdoors-man, experienced fisherman and boater, enjoying the “diamond” that is Oyster Bay. As a music lover, he also enjoys jamming with his classic rock band at local restaurants.
Upon his election in 2017 Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino took action to increase governmental accountability, transparency and integrity. Supervisor Saladino kept his promise to put residents first, 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, 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.
Joseph Saladino has led the fight for the complete hydraulic containment and remediation of the Grumman-Navy plume. This legislation paved the way for the $150 million remediation initiative recently launched by New York State.
Supervisor Saladino’s unwavering commitment to the environment remains evident in his role as Town Supervisor, where he protects the Town’s natural resources and drinking water, including its 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 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.
Supervisor Saladino remains focused on the needs of the residents. One example of this focus is the achievement of same day building permits. Oyster Bay is the only town on Long Island to issue permits the day of application for residential and averaging two weeks for commercial permits. Permit applications are found on the Town website. Oyster Bay has become a much easier place to establish and run a business. Residents can happily live near where they work.