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Oyster Bay board approves new town appointments

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino presides over

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino presides over his first town board meeting at Oyster Bay Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Credit: Newsday / Ted Phillips

The Oyster Bay town board on Tuesday appointed two new commissioners and a new town attorney as recently appointed Supervisor Joseph Saladino begins to reshape the government.

The board also approved a salary for the new deputy supervisor who Saladino appointed last week.

Saladino said in an interview after the board meeting — the first he’s presided over — that he was reviewing the work of every department.

“I want to tear apart and rebuild everything in this town,” Saladino.

Joseph Nocella, former counsel to Nassau County’s Office of Housing & Community Development and with the law firm of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo and Terrana was appointed Town Attorney. He also served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Nocella replaces Leonard Genova, who resigned last month, and will earn a salary of $165,000.

“We will be working with our new town attorney to go over every single contract to make sure we put ethics and cost savings to the public,” Saladino said. “This is a new day in our town,” he said, adding “this is just one of the ways that we will be showing, through our actions, that we are rebuilding our trust with the public.”

Saladino, a former assemblyman, was appointed after the indictment of former longtime Supervisor John Venditto, 67, who is facing federal corruption charges. He resigned last month, saying he wanted to focus on his legal defense.

The town also brought back Richard Lenz, an engineer at Woodbury-based D&B Engineers and Architects, P.C. who previously worked for the town, to replace Richard Betz as the new commissioner of public works at a salary of $120,000.

Elizabeth Maccarone, who had been deputy commissioner of public works, was appointed commissioner of Planning and Development with a salary of $124,272. The former commissioner, Frederick Ippolito, is currently serving a 27 month prison sentence for income tax evasion.

The town board also approved a $137,500 salary for Gregory Carman who Saladino appointed last week to serve as deputy supervisor.

Robert Freier, a professional recruiter and former Democratic candidate for town board, asked why the names, titles and salaries of appointees had not been made public before the vote. Saladino said their names were “protected by law.”

“They all work for us,” Freier said, adding “This is public information.”

Saladino told Freier to request the information in writing. But after the vote, Saladino announced the names and Nocella, Lenz and Maccarone were sworn in.

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