Assemblyman Joseph Saladino Appointed Leader of State Assembly Nassau County Minority Delegation, Chair of Minority Program Committee

Lays out priorities for State, Nassau County
March 3, 2011
Nassau Delegation Leader Joseph Saladino (center) stands with (first row from the left) Assemblymen Brian Curran (Lynbrook – 14th A.D.), Michael Montesano (Glen Head – 15th A.D.), James Conte (Huntington Station – 10th A,D.), Edward P. Ra (21st A.D.); (back row, third from left), David G. McDonough (Merrick – 19th A.D.); and (back row, second from right) Tom McKevitt (East Meadow – 17th A.D.)
Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino was recently appointed the Chairman of the Assembly Minority Program Committee as well as the Leader of the State Assembly’s Nassau County Minority Delegation, replacing former Assemblyman Thomas Alfano. As Leader of the State Assembly’s Nassau County Minority Delegation, Assemblyman Saladino has been empowered with the task of keeping Long Island a priority.

In the photo above, Assemblyman Saladino and other members of the Assembly Long Island Minority Delegation show their force in the Assembly Chamber. This group represents a large block within the Assembly Minority Conference and a strong voice for Long Island.

“I am very grateful to have been chosen to represent our strong delegation for Nassau County,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Long Island pays some of the highest property taxes in the nation and is entitled to its fair share. Between the devastating Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll tax, sky-high property taxes, unfunded mandates from Albany, school aid cuts and job-killing taxes, Long Island is fed up with being the state’s piggy bank. We have a strong delegation representing Nassau County and Long Island. As we partner with our powerful and effective Senate Delegation from our region, I am confident Long Island now has a strong voice in Albany as we negotiate this budget.”

As Chair of the Assembly Minority Program Committee, Assemblyman Saladino is the ‘point man’ identifying the values and initiatives that separate the Minority Conference from others in the Assembly. He represents the reduction of property taxes and job creation ideology of his party, disseminating this information to media outlets across New York State and to the public at large.

“We are poised to continue our mission of calling for sensible government that protects taxpayers and brings thoughtful positions that our constituents need and have very clearly demanded,” said Assemblyman Saladino. “Our Conference will raise the bar to protect taxpayers by fighting high property taxes, fostering job creation, reforming state government and growing our economy. As we face today’s tough economic challenges, sharing different ideas from across the state and creating a dialogue on how we can improve the lives of New Yorkers is very important for the future of this state.”

Assemblyman Saladino is a lifelong resident of the 12th Assembly District who has many years of government service in both the Town of Oyster Bay and the Town of Hempstead. He is a former television and radio news reporter and anchorman who holds a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the New York Institute of Technology. Assemblyman Saladino has also been very active with community service and volunteer organizations for over 20 years.

Last month, Assemblyman Saladino commended Governor Andrew Cuomo on his proposals, citing several ideas that the Assembly Minority Conference has long advocated for, including significant unfunded mandate relief, a property tax cap, Medicaid reform, merging redundant state entities, reducing the size of the state deficit and introducing cost-savings measures for state government.

Commenting on the governor’s proposal, Assemblyman Saladino said, “It was a good first start; but there is much work to be done, especially in being fair to Long Island. The governor struck a happy medium by proposing necessary cuts, while endorsing some ideas to improve how our state operates. In this proposal, I welcome the concessions being made; but as we dive into the discussion of property tax relief, I stress the need for comprehensive mandate relief measures for our school districts and local governments, who are struggling financially during this difficult time.”