Assemblyman Saladino 12th Assembly
District News


Dear Neighbors:

As this year ends and a new legislative session is just around the corner, I’m taking this opportunity to share with you the issues I have been fighting for to protect your families’ safety and quality of life. I have also outlined some of our priorities for the upcoming legislative term.

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. As always, if there are any situations where I may be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Joseph S. Saladino
Member of Assembly
12th Assembly District
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino
200 Boundary Ave. • Massapequa, NY 11758 • (516) 844-0635

photo Assemblyman Joseph Saladino marches in the New York City Columbus Day parade with Mayor Michael Bloomberg (right) and television and film actor Tony LoBianco, who was one of the parade’s grand marshals. As a member of the Sons of Italy, Saladino is proud of his heritage. He was a guest of the mayor and the New York City Police Department’s Columbia Society at the parade. Summer Reading Challenge - Assemblyman Saladino recently held his second annual Summer Reading Challenge ceremony where he presented students with New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading certificates for reading at least 15 minutes every day for 40 days over the summer. The Halloween costume event was held at the Farmingdale Public Library. photo

Protecting our Communities from Dangerous Sexual Predators

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino has made keeping our communities safe from all sexual predators his number one priority. His work during the 2005 legislative session focused on Assembly passage of a civil confinement bill and many measures to strengthen Megan’s Law, including providing much more information to parents and keeping dangerous sexual predators - who cannot be rehabilitated - away from our children. The assemblyman has made it his job to inform the public and gain residents’ support in the uphill battle of getting these bills passed.

Civil confinement and public safety laws would:
  • Provide a comprehensive framework for identifying, evaluating and legally committing the most sexually violent predators to secure mental-health facilities after their prison sentences end to keep them off our streets.

  • Empower parents by providing them with all possible information about convicted sex offenders, including requiring lifetime registration on the state Sex Offender Registry, yearly updated photographs, stiff penalties for eluding responsibilities, and ensuring the dissemination of important information.

  • Greatly increase supervision of predators by requiring offenders to wear electronic devices linked to Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites, and prohibit offenders from professional and volunteer activities involving children.

  • Eliminate the statute of limitations on sex offenses.

Legislation Introduced by Assemblyman Saladino to Strengthen Megan’s Law
  • Bill A.7159 - All sex-offense cases of juvenile delinquents and youthful offenders where the victims were minors would be available to the public.

  • Bill A.7731 - Forbids sex offenders from residing within a half-mile of their victims’ homes. Violation of this provision would be a Class E felony.

  • Bill A.7217 - Forbids Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from residing within a half-mile of schools and licensed day-care facilities. Violation of this provision would be a Class E felony.

  • Bill A.7215 - Requires individuals licensed to receive, board or keep minors notify the local social services department of all changes in people residing in their homes. Failure to comply would be cause for license revocation.

  • Bill A.8637 - Denies public funding for erectile dysfunction medication for all convicted sex offenders.

"Protecting our Children from Sexual Predators" Seminar a Success!

In an effort to educate parents on the dangers of sexual predators and how to protect children on the Internet, Assemblyman Joseph Saladino hosted a first-ever parent training seminar, sponsored by Tony Arango of the Martial Arts Institute, designed to teach adults how to protect their children from the most heinous of crimes. Saladino joined with the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, the Nassau County Police Department and the Nassau County Department of Probation to host a parent training seminar, "Protecting our Children from Sexual Predators," at Island Trees High School.

The seminar provided parents with detailed instructions on protecting their children and focused on how to keep children away from sexual predators, how to keep children safe while using the Internet, Megan’s Law and the state Sex Offender Registry.

This seminar was such a success that Assemblyman Saladino has decided to make it an annual event. However, anyone who was unable to attend this year and would like the information, or would like to request an invitation to next year’s seminar, may contact the assemblyman’s district office at (516) 844-0635.

Statewide Petition Drive

Assemblyman Saladino and his Assembly minority colleagues are conducting a statewide petition drive urging the majority members of the Legislature to take action on civil confinement legislation. To date, they have collected over 15,000 signatures. To obtain a petition, contact his district office at (516) 844-0635.

photo Dedication of "Field of Dreams"

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, third from right, joins, from the left, Oyster Bay Town Councilmen Angelo Delligatti and Chris Coschignano, Supervisor John Venditto, Town Clerk Steve Labriola and Councilman Joe Muscarella, as well as neighborhood children, in celebrating the dedication of the Field of Dreams. The assemblyman has been supportive of the project and the town of Oyster Bay officials who made it possible. Saladino, along with state Sen. Charles Fuschillo, provided state grant money to assist in the field’s development.

Assemblyman Saladino, who grew up in the district, is committed to helping youth in the 12th Assembly District excel. He understands the important lessons learned through sports to keep children on track and assist them in the development needed for the working world. Saladino has been an ice hockey coach in the town of Oyster Bay Youth Ice Hockey program for several years, and he is the first former Massapequa ”Mustang” football player to become an elected official.

Assemblyman Saladino Awards High School Diplomas to Veterans Through ’Operation Recognition’

photo U.S. Congressman Peter King and state Sen. Chuck Fuschillo join in honoring our veterans.

World War II and Korean War veterans who left high school before graduating to fight overseas recently received their high school diplomas through a special program hosted by Assemblyman Joseph Saladino of the 12th Assembly District. "Operation Recognition" honored more than 200 veterans with diplomas from the high schools they were attending before leaving or from the school districts in which they currently reside. At a ceremony held at SUNY Farmingdale, Assemblyman Saladino told the veterans and their families, "We must never forget the sacrifices of all who have protected the freedoms we hold so dear. Operation Recognition is one way in which we can give back to the men and women of the United States who we owe our utmost respect and appreciation for our country’s liberty."

Veterans who want to obtain their diplomas or family members who wish to receive diplomas on behalf of deceased veterans may contact Assemblyman Saladino’s district office at (516) 844-0635.

Funding Community Projects

Assemblyman Saladino is dedicated to helping community programs flourish. The assemblyman has allocated more than $150,000 in state grants to youth organizations, sports groups, senior citizens groups, veterans, civic associations, community groups, fire departments and more. Some of the organizations that have benefited by the grant money include:

Organization Grant Amount To be Used for

Town of Oyster Bay $20,000 Development of "Field of Dreams" and sponsorship of "Music Under the Stars" concert series

Plainedge School District $5,000 Continuation of sports teams

Incorporated Village of Massapequa Park $3,000 Defibrillators and instruction

Vietnam Veterans of America Nassau County Chapter 89 $2,000 Vietnam Veterans Assitance Fund and support for recently wounded combat veterans returning home

Long Island Sled Hockey Rough Riders Team (handicapped ice hockey) $2,000 Assistance in providing equipment and ice time rental

Knights of Pythias Alliance Lodge #774 $1,500 Funding of altruistic endeavors in the community

Government Reform

This year’s legislative session was one of the most effective we’ve seen in decades, including passage of the first on-time budget in 21 years and adoption of significant reforms that improved state government’s efficiency. Though important changes took effect, much more is needed to ensure an on-time budget, every time, and an open and efficient government. Saladino will continue to press for additional reforms in the upcoming legislative session.

Assemblyman Saladino’s plan to improve government:

An "On-time, Every Time" State Budget Law

  • If the budget isn’t passed on time, a default budget is put in place to allow state government to continue running smoothly.

  • Legislators cannot consider any other type of legislation or collect a paycheck after April 1 if a budget isn’t passed.

More Open and Efficient Government

  • Take power away from the political bosses who make the decisions in the Assembly and give all members equal power to introduce and pass legislation benefiting New Yorkers

  • End the partisan gridlock that’s stalling the democratic process in New York.

Protect Taxpayers
  • Ban unfunded mandates that require local governments to pay for programs established by state governments

  • Require a supermajority, or two-thirds, vote for final passage of all bills that impose, continue or revive taxes.

Assemblyman Saladino:
Working in Albany to Ensure Your Quality of Life on Long Island

Assemblyman Saladino holds memberships on three Assembly committees that enhance his ability to help residents on Long Island and across New York. His committee assignments include:

Government Employees Committee, Ranking Minority Member - Promotes bills and issues related to the pensions and health benefits of civil service employees. These legislative initiatives have changed for the better the lives of police officers, state troopers, firefighters, teachers, civil servants and public employees, including individuals working for state government, Nassau County, area municipalities and the court system. All public-sector employees have benefited from the work of Assemblyman Saladino and the Government Employees Committee.

Education Committee - Considers legislation dealing with all facets of elementary and secondary education, including educational services for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in regular and special education programs, school curriculum, teachers and other school personnel, school district administration, safety, buildings, transportation, nonpublic and charter schools, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). The committee is involved in the election of Board of Regents members. Assemblyman Saladino is on the forefront of improving New York’s educational system to make it the best in the country.

Environmental Conservation Committee - As a member, he promotes legislation that protects and preserves our natural resources, wildlife management, pollution control and environmental enforcement. Assemblyman Saladino is dedicated to protecting the rights of fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts while conserving our drinking water and our clean environment for generations to come.

New Island Hospital

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, seated on the left, is concerned for the safety of his district’s residents. To ease the public’s concerns, the assemblyman has met with administrators from New Island, Good Samaritan and South Side hospitals, as well as administrators from the facilities that remain open at Brunswick Hospital, including two nursing homes, Brunswick Physical, Medicine and Rehab (PMR) and Brunswick Hall Psych Division. The assemblyman wants to ensure these facilities are ready to address the needs of new and additional emergency care patients, are prepared with proper flu vaccine supplies and other medications, and that the public is aware that - in cases of emergency - the New Island Hospital emergency room is on Hempstead Turnpike, just west of Route 135. New Island Hospital has also been designated as a safe site for victims of natural and unnatural disasters in the 12th Assembly District. Shown with the assemblyman are, from the left, New Island Hospital CFO Drew Pallas, Vice Presidents Giovanni Distefano and Margaret Caine Murphy, Co-chair of the board of directors Joan Flaumenbaum, and President/CEO Stephen Neff.