Battered by scandal, corruption, mismanagement, distrust and debt, the Town of Oyster Bay desperately needs change. It must break with tradition, improve its culture, separate politics from governance and open itself to the input and scrutiny of its residents.
Incumbent Joseph Saladino, the Republican candidate for supervisor, is not far enough removed from what Oyster Bay has been to lead the town toward what it must become. The best candidate is Marc Herman, a 63-year-old Syosset dentist who serves on the medical ethics committee for the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and has a master’s in ethics. That’s a degree that should come in handy.
Saladino, 56, of Massapequa, was appointed to lead the town in January after longtime Supervisor John Venditto resigned to fight federal charges of corruption involving millions of dollars in loans the town guaranteed for restaurateur Harendra Singh. The machinations with Singh are a stain that involved other high-level town officials and the indictment of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, whose base of power is rooted in the town.
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