MUSICAL CHAIRS IN TOBAY LEADS TO TOWN COUNCIL APPOINTMENT FOR PERENNIAL REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE LOU IMBROTO
March 7, 2017 -- At the Oyster Bay Town Council Meeting this past Tuesday morning, newly appointed Republican Supervisor Joseph Saladino appointed perennial Republican candidate Louis Imbroto to the legislative body after Councilman Joseph Pinto (R - Massapequa) resigned in order to accept an appointment to the position of Parks Commissioner, replacing Frank Nocerino who had resigned to take another job in the town’s public safety department.
Mr. Saladino, also of Massapequa, had served in the New York State Assembly representing the ninth district which covers areas of the South Shore in eastern Nassau and western Suffolk counties, but resigned after he was appointed Town Supervisor by the Republican led Town Council after his predecessor John Venditto, also of Massapequa, under indictment on Federal corruption charges, resigned in January.
According to Newsday, in an article published on February 24, Mr. Nocerino, also of Massapequa, had said to a reporter on February 2 that he had been interviewed by Federal investigators. He later retracted that statement saying that he could not comment. Mr. Nocerino, in 2015, made $114,000 as Parks Commissioner and will be taking a pay cut in his new position. Mr. Pinto had made been making $57,500 as a councilman.
As for the 32 year-old Mr. Imbroto, of Plainview - not Massapequa, he has been a regular on the Republican Party candidate circuit, representing the GOP and Conservative Party in long shot races over the past several years. In 2012, at the age of 28, he was tapped to run against Democrat Charles Lavine for the 13th District Assembly seat. In 2014, after Conservative Party bosses convinced Republican Party leaders to rescind their nomination of Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy to run against Mr. Lavine because he had officiated two same-sex marriages, Mr. Imbroto once again got the nod. This past November, Mr. Imbroto, currently an attorney for the Nassau University Medical Center and previously an assistant attorney for the Republican-led Town of Oyster Bay government, was nominated to run for the County Legislature’s 16th district seat in a special election after the death of long time Democratic leader Judy Jacobs. He was defeated by Democrat Arnold Drucker. He also ran against and was defeated by Ms. Jacobs in 2013.
Mr. Imbroto will, with the advantage of incumbency, have the opportunity to win the town-wide Council seat in his own right when three of five Council posts as well as the office of Supervisor are up for election this coming November.
The special election to fill Mr. Saladino's empty Assembly seat will be held on Tuesday, May 23.
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