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Oyster Bay councilman resigns to become town parks commissioner

Oyster Bay Town board member Joseph Pinto at

Oyster Bay Town board member Joseph Pinto at Town Hall on July 21, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph Pinto resigned Tuesday to become town parks commissioner and attorney Louis Imbroto was sworn in to replace him on the town board.

Pinto, appointed to the board in 2009, replaced Frank Nocerino, who resigned as parks commissioner and took another job as deputy commissioner of public safety at a reduced salary.

Before the vote, Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino praised Pinto as “a dedicated public servant who has worked very hard to improve the life of our town” and had great expertise in parks.

“I promise it is a new day in Oyster Bay,” Saladino said.

Imbroto’s appointment to serve the remainder of Pinto’s term drew complaints from some in the audience.

Councilman Anthony Macagnone said before the vote that the town should hold a special election instead of making an appointment. “If we’re making such sweeping changes, why don’t we put it out for a referendum vote … let the people decide,” he said.

Saladino responded that Imbroto would be subject to a public vote in November.

Macagnone abstained from the vote.

Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia praised Imbroto as “a very bright young man who is very interested in public service.”

Imbroto, who has run four times for seats in the county Legislature and state Assembly, said in an interview that he would resign from his current job as associate general counsel at Nassau University Medical Center to work full-time, at least initially, as a town board member.

Saladino said in an interview that Nocerino was leaving because he wanted to change the leadership of the parks department. “My staff and I initiated this,” Saladino said.

Nocerino will retire later this year, Saladino said. Nocerino had oversight over the town concessions with restaurateur Harendra Singh that have been at the center of federal investigations.

The appointments by the all-Republican board drew criticism from Jay Jacobs, chairman of the Nassau County Democratic.

“The fact that no public notice was given as to who the new council member would be is arrogance at its best,” Jacobs said in a statement.


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