The Oyster Bay Town Board narrowly passed a 2018 budget at a special meeting Tuesday that cuts funding for the town’s public safety department.
The budget, which passed 4-3, was Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino’s first since he was appointed in January. The elimination of public safety drew opposition from Councilman Anthony Macagnone and Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia who, along with Councilwoman Michele Johnson, voted against the $298.8 million budget.
“It is our fiduciary responsibility as elected officials to explore and seek savings for taxpayers in every corner,” Saladino told the board regarding cutting the department. “We all know that if you don’t squeeze the pennies out of government you’ll never save a dime.”
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