Oyster Bay hires retired Nassau legislator Joseph V. Belesi

The town of Oyster Bay has agreed to

The town of Oyster Bay has agreed to a contract with retired Nassau County Legislator Joseph V. Belesi to provide various services at a rate of $100 an hour. (Credit: David Pokress)

The Town of Oyster Bay has agreed to a contract with retired Nassau County Legis. Joseph V. Belesi to provide various services at a rate of $100 an hour.

His pay will be on top of a $102,577 pension he receives as a retired Nassau police sergeant. The town board approved the contract last week with the Department of Community and Youth services, which has capped his compensation this year at $40,000. Under his contract, Belesi, 67, will provide on-call services for housing and other programs.

Town spokeswoman Marta Kane said in an email those services include coordinating and assisting in activities between the town and the Oyster Bay Housing Authority; reviewing programs for seniors, veterans and youth services; meeting with staff; attending hearings; and helping the town coordinate with governmental agencies and obtain grants.


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The Oyster Bay Housing Authority maintains 910 units of housing for low-income seniors and families.

Oyster Bay officials said Belesi responded to a request for proposals after the person who had performed the tasks, Jim Bell, died this year. Kane said last week the town would have more information about the RFP and Bell, but it had not been provided late Thursday.

Belesi, a Republican, retired in 2013 after redistricting put him and Michael Venditto, son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, in the same district.

After 33 years on the force, Belesi left in 2001 under an accidental-disability retirement. He ran a private investigation business and was elected to the legislature in 2007, defeating Democratic incumbent David Mejias.

The contract, which runs from May 1 through Dec. 31, has an option to be extended for three years.

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