Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, in his annual State of the Town speech, touted the implementation of single-stream recycling, zombie house regulations and creating an inspector general position as major accomplishments over the past year.
“The town used to pay nearly $100,000 a year to cart away its recyclables,” Saladino said in his speech Tuesday. “Now the town receives nearly a half-a-million dollars on these items, which in turn helps us hold the line on taxes.”
Oyster Bay in October started single-stream recycling, which allows residents and businesses to put all recyclable items together rather than sort paper and cardboard from plastic, glass and metal.
Saladino said the town had received dozens of résumés for an inspector general to oversee contracting.
“We must enhance oversight with someone who is independent ... and we must continue to protect our taxpayers,” he said.
The town board held a hearing on creating the position in October and voted to do so in January. Saladino said the Nassau County Civil Service Commission has granted the town the ability to fill the spot. Town spokesman Brian Nevin said in an email after the address that the town is waiting for “certification” from the commission.
Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia in recent months has refused to vote on contracts, citing the lack of an inspector general. During the board meeting Tuesday, which followed Saladino’s speech, Alesia and two other board members voted against the approval of a subcontract to Routesmart Technologies Inc. for civil engineering work. They cited a connection to indicted contractor Frank Antetomaso, who is listed in state filings as the company’s chief executive.
The subcontract passed, 4-3.
Saladino, who voted for the subcontract, said in a statement Tuesday evening he would “not execute any agreement until this matter is resolved.”
Saladino, in his speech, also touted the town’s zombie house regulations that require clear polycarbonate be used to board up vacant homes rather than plywood and require banks that own the homes to deposit $25,000 into an escrow account to pay for property maintenance.
Saladino also highlighted the town’s improving finances and upgraded bond rating in March by Standard & Poor’s.
“Our town is delivering better services with less employees at less cost to the taxpayers,” Saladino said in his speech.
Councilman Anthony Macagnone said tough choices made under the previous administration, such as raising taxes for 2017, were responsible for improvements in the town’s finances.
“A lot of this stuff was done before he was there and he’s taking credit for it,” Macagnone said in an interview.