Biography

Joseph Saladino
Joseph Saladino was first elected to the New York State Assembly in March 2004. During his 13 years representing Long Island’s south shore, he has consistently worked to protect Long Island’s economy, create jobs, protect overburdened taxpayers, improve education, expand healthcare, preserve the environment, and protect women and children from sex predators. In the New York State Assembly, he is one of Long Island’s minority conference leaders. The 9th Assembly District bridges portions of Nassau and Suffolk counties. These communities include Massapequa, Massapequa Park, South Farmingdale, West Babylon, Babylon Village, North Babylon, West Islip, and West Bay Shore, part of Brightwaters, the Great South Bay, and the barrier beaches from Jones Beach to Robert Moses State Park.

Assemblyman Saladino has 28 years of experience as a government administrator, including the last 13 as a New York State Assemblyman. In Albany, he has teamed with Senator Owen Johnson, Senator Charles Fuschillo, and now with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Senator Phil Boyle, and Senator Michael Venditto to push for state government reform, tax reduction, and consolidation of state government. He has worked to deliver on-time state budgets, bring ethics reform, cut spending, and, as a member of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, worked with the Governor’s office, to end the ten billion dollar state budget deficit, creating a balanced budget.

Assemblyman Saladino has worked to reduce state income taxes to the lowest tax rate since the late 1950s. He was one of the original sponsors of the tax cap, pushing for fairness in his attempt to end the unfunded mandates which drive up property taxes. He successfully fought for significant increases in state financial aid to our schools. This effort brought record increases in state aid, designed to improve education and reduce the need to raise school taxes. He also called for and delivered an end to the MTA Payroll Tax on schools and libraries.

Saladino and his Assembly colleagues from Long Island led the successful fight to reform the problematic Common Core education mandates. He has supported legislation to make prescription medication more affordable and has focused on reducing the costs of Medicaid and health insurance for individuals and families. He sponsored legislation to freeze property taxes for seniors, veterans, and first-time homebuyers.

Saladino’s cornerstone has been protecting children and women from sex predators. He helped to sponsor and pass the current Civil Confinement Law, keeping these dangerous criminals off of our streets. He fought for and won a stronger "Megan's Law", ended the statute of limitations on rape, and has brought more transparency and passed laws to provide parents with information to protect their children from sexual abuse.

As a veteran in the Assembly, he is the Program Committee Chairman of his conference. He is a member of the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee, Environmental Conservation, Labor, and Government Employees Committees. He is the ranking Minority member of the Libraries and Education Technology Committee.

He is known for lifesaving initiatives including forcing insurance companies to pay for the cost of in-patient treatment for rehab from heroin and prescription drug abuse. This came after years of work with his own task force on heroin and prescription drug abuse, where he led the charge to propose many initiatives to combat this scourge on the lives of young people. He has served as the co-chair and or member of task forces on tax relief, small business development, and safe communities, as well as those dealing with sex offenders and the rights of fishing and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. He also teamed up with the former chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee to end the fee for saltwater fishing licenses in New York.

Having earned the distinction of having the best environmental voting record of anyone in his political party, he is known as the state’s strongest voice calling for the complete hydraulic containment and remediation of the Grumman Navy plume. His fight to provide clean and safe drinking water led to passage of milestone legislation, which he wrote and sponsored to begin the state’s process of cleaning up the largest and most highly concentrated plume of dangerous chemicals in a sole source aquifer anywhere in the U.S.

Assemblyman Saladino began his career in broadcast journalism as a news anchor and reporter with Long Island’s largest television and radio stations, including WALK, WLIW CH21, and NEWS 12 Long Island. He broadcasted the morning news and hosted a talk show at WNYG Radio in West Babylon. He also worked with a Long Island civil engineering firm immersed in civil construction and environmental engineering projects. He sponsors green technology legislation, including creating solar energy development zones and the Long Island Green Jobs Act.

A lifelong community volunteer, he is a 28-year member and past Kiwanis Club President, where he received the distinguished “Kiwanian of the Year” award. He has been named an honorary member of the Massapequa Fire Department Companies 4 and 6. He has spent decades serving the community as a volunteer, including as a member of the Lions Club, the Sons of Italy-Columbus Lodge, the Chamber of Commerce, and as a former Trustee of the Historical Society. He has volunteered to help veterans at the Northport VA Hospital and is an American Legion “Sons of the Legion” member and an honorary member of the Marine Corps League. He has worked with non-profit organizations helping breast cancer survivors, supporting the American Heart Association, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, and served as the town chair for the United Way. His volunteering has extended to many youth programs, including Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, and he has coached youth ice hockey for many years. He was inducted into the Massapequa High School Hall of Fame and the Massapequa Mustangs Hall of Fame.

Assemblyman Saladino is an outdoorsman, experienced fisherman, and mountain climber. He has climbed some of the world’s most famous mountains, carrying the Kiwanis International Flag to the top of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the U.S. outside of Alaska, and Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe. In Italy, he climbed Mt. Etna and Mt. Stromboli, the world’s most active volcano. In New York, he climbed Mount Marcy, the Empire State’s highest peak, with an American flag to raise funds for the Kiwanis 9/11 Foundation.

Assemblyman Saladino has spent his life on the Great South Bay on the southern border of the 9th Assembly District. He is an avid clammer, fisherman, and boater who has studied our marine resources and has brought this background to the Assembly, protecting our waterways, providing for our fishery, and preserving clean and plentiful drinking water. He has presented conservation lectures, provided video programs, radio talk shows, and newspaper articles about Long Island’s aquifer, and has taken a lead role in protecting it. He hosts a Marine and Outdoor Recreation Expo every year. He attended Tulane University and holds a Master’s Degree from the New York Institute of Technology, where he graduated Suma Cum Laude after studying broadcast journalism.