February 17, 2017 | 2 comments
Saladino welcomes residents’ questions — in writing, not live
Since former State Assemblyman Joseph Saladino took the oath of office to serve the Town of Oyster Bay as its supervisor, he has said often, “It is a new day for Oyster Bay.” That has been evident in the tenor of town board meetings, which has changed since longtime Supervisor John Venditto resigned last month. The acoustics are markedly better during the meetings, and residents are treated with a great deal of respect when they address the supervisor and board members.
On Tuesday, before taking up the business of the day — appointing new leaders — Saladino announced that there would be some new rules at the meetings. Comments on resolutions by members of the public would be limited to three minutes for one resolution, six minutes for two resolutions and 10 minutes for three or more resolutions. There were no time constraints in the past. A timer went off several times during the meeting to indicate that a constituent’s time was up. Saladino often let the speaker continue anyway.
The purpose of comments from the public should be “for the board to receive input and positive suggestions,” explained Saladino, who smiled often and thanked everyone who spoke for sharing their opinion.
A new town attorney, two commissioners and a new deputy supervisor were chosen on Tuesday.
Joseph Nocella, who once served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, became the new town attorney. He is a former attorney in the county’s Office of Housing & Community Development and with the Uniondale law firm Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo and Terrana.
“This is a unique opportunity for us to put in someone who is a former federal prosecutor and litigator with extensive experience in municipal law,” Saladino said. “Mr. Nocella prosecuted racketeering and extortion cases.”
The new supervisor promised that a “town policy on ethics will be rolled out, and we will create a new ethics board.”
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