Massapequa Republican Joseph Saladino, 54, is certainly tenacious, and that has made him the strongest advocate among local legislators on containing the toxic plumes spreading from the former Northrop Grumman site in Bethpage.
He alone is not going to get this accomplished, but he won’t stop talking about it — and his agressive and creative approach has forced everybody’s hands.
Saladino rounded up 130 Assembly members to persuade the governor to release a consultant’s report on the plume. Saladino’s call for underground piping to pump contaminated water to a treatment facility has merit.
Brendan Cunningham, 23, is a West Babylon Democrat and communications aide for the Town of Babylon. His youthful passion about public service is winning, and he’s smartly learning the issues by knocking on doors and talking with voters. He has a future in public service.
Newsday endorses Saladino.