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Oyster Bay has no deputy supervisor in place if need arises

Town Supervisor John Venditto, left, and Town Attorney

Town Supervisor John Venditto, left, and Town Attorney Leonard Genova are shown. Photo Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan; Howard Schnapp

Oyster Bay has no deputy supervisor to succeed John Venditto in an interim capacity should the indicted town supervisor resign, the town spokeswoman said.

Although the town attorney, Leonard Genova, on Sunday remained identified on the town’s website as deputy town supervisor, town spokeswoman Marta Kane said Friday that he ceased having that title in 2010.

Kane said she did not know who would be next in line to succeed Venditto in an interim capacity. Genova said in a text message Sunday that he was unable to answer questions about succession due to a family health issue.

Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged Venditto, 67, of North Massapequa, with conspiracy to commit bribery, fraud and obstruction of justice. He has pleaded not guilty. Kane said in a statement Friday that Venditto, who has been supervisor since 1998 and who did not report to work that day, was considering the impact of his arrest on his ability to continue in his position.

Genova, who is also a member of the town ethics board, has referred to himself by both titles for years, and at least one board resolution from 2012 identified him as deputy supervisor/town attorney.

“Len has often been referred to as the town attorney/deputy supervisor since he does have the authorization to perform some of the functions that would generally be carried out by the deputy supervisor,” Kane said.

When he became town attorney in 2010, the town board authorized him to perform the duties of the town supervisor, including signing contracts, if the supervisor were “absent or unavailable,” Kane said.

Kane said in an email Friday that Genova’s position as deputy supervisor, to which he was appointed in 2002, had been terminated in 2010 and she provided a termination notice filed with the Nassau County Civil Service Commission that year.

“While he does possess some of the authorities of the deputy supervisor position, that is not his title, he is the town attorney,” Kane said.

As town attorney, Genova was paid a salary of $151,348 in 2015, according to town records.


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