Tom Cilmi

Suffolk County Legislator - 10th District

For a brighter future.

Recent Activity

Wing Fling 4

Please join me for some beer, some wings, some great live music by the Suburban Brothers Band (with yours truly...

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Thank You

    "I continue to be incredibly humbled by the support from 10th District residents of all walks of life and all...

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Ronkonkoma Double Track

Legislator Tom Cilmi has filed the following official statement for the record and comments on the LIRR Environmental Assessment of...

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Wing Fling 3

Already familiar with Wing Fling and want to reserve your tickets?  Click HERE and make your contribution in advance...

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Breaking New Ground

On May 23, 2013 Legislator Tom Cilmi joined Islandia Mayor Allan Dorman, several other elected officials, veterans, and members of...

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Affair of the Heart

Legislator Tom Cilmi sponsored a bill to designate the second week in February "Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week."  The bill...

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Santa Comes to Islip

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi was the Master of Ceremonies at the annual Islip Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade once...

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Be the Magic

Every year I join a great many volunteers as we set up and run the East Islip Soccer Club’s Annual...

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Cilmi Leads Again!

Today at a meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Government Operations Committee, Suffolk’s new Deputy County Executive for...

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CILMI WINS BIG!

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, in his first bid for reelection, scored a decisive victory on Tuesday, November 8, 2011...

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Cilmi in the News

Cilmi Hails Strengthening of Social Host Law. Story here. Cilmi calls budget reform vote "unfortunate." Story here. Legislator Tom Cilmi...

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Vote NO to Prop 4 and Prop 5

...to protect taxpayers and the environment

Vote NO to Prop 4 and 5 in Suffolk County,NY

We are urging voters across Suffolk County to vote NO to ballot propositions 4 and 5. Here's why.

Proposition 4 eliminates the elected position of Treasurer in Suffolk County and would provide for the Treasurer to work for the Comptroller.  Anyone who's been part of an organization knows that you can't have the auditor (which is what the Comptroller does) overseeing the treasurer (who controls the money and the checkbook).  It's a recipe for corruption and financial shenanigans.  Promised savings are a LIE.  There will, however, be less oversight.  Vote NO on Prop 4  to protect taxpayers.

Proposition 5 authorizes the County to use a sewer reserve fund as an ATM.  There is currently more than $100 million in this fund which is dedicated to sewers, which are incredibly important to the environment and to jobs and the economy.  If approved, this referendum would allow the County to borrow money out of this fund to use for virtually anything.  In addition, it would authorize $30 million of additional borrowing for open space when we already spend tens of millions of dollars each year on open space preservation.  More borrowing is unnecessary and irresponsible.  Draining money from a sewer reserve fund is both fiscally and environmentally irresponsible.  Vote NO to Prop 5 to protect taxpayers and the environment.

IMPORTANT:  You must turn this year's ballot over to vote NO to Prop's 4 and 5.

 

2014 Ballot Referenda

Provided for your information

The following five ballot propositions will be on this year's ballot throughout Suffolk County and require your vote.  IMPORTANT:  They will be on the REVERSE side of the ballot. You must turn the ballot over to vote.


PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE

 Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

 The proposed amendment to sections 4 and 5 and addition of new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution revises the redistricting procedure for state legislative and congressional districts.  The proposed amendment establishes a redistricting commission every 10 years beginning in 2020, with two members appointed by each of the four legislative leaders and two members selected by the eight legislative appointees; prohibits legislators and other elected officials from serving as commissioners; establishes principles to be used in creating districts; requires the commission to hold public hearings on proposed redistricting plans; subjects the commission’s redistricting plan to legislative enactment; provides that the legislature may only amend the redistricting plan according to the established principles if the commission’s plan is rejected twice by the legislature; provides for expedited court review of a challenged redistricting plan; and provides for funding and bipartisan staff to work for the commission.  Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

 

PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO

 Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

 The proposed amendment to section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution would allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it.  It would establish the following requirements for electronic distribution: first, legislators must be able to review the electronically-sent bill at their desks; second, legislators must be able to print the bill if they choose; and third, the bill cannot be changed electronically without leaving a record of the changes.  Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

 

PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE

 Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

 The  SMART  SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014, as set forth in section one of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2014, authorizes the sale of state bonds of up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) to provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connectivity to equalize opportunities for children to learn, to add classroom space to expand  high-quality  pre-kindergarten  programs, to replace classroom trailers with permanent instructional space, and to install high-tech smart  security features in schools. Shall the SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014 be approved?

 

PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR

 RESOLUTION NO. 507 -2014,   ADOPTING  LOCAL  LAW    NO.-2014, A CHARTER LAW TO CONSOLIDATE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS IN THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF AUDIT AND CONTROL

         Resolution No. 507-2014, is a Charter Law that proposes to transfer and consolidate the functions of the Department of Finance and Taxation into the Department of Audit and Control, headed by a County Comptroller elected from the general population. If approved, this Resolution will eliminate the existing office of County Treasurer and consolidate all powers and duties of the Treasurer in the office of the County Comptroller, effective January 1, 2018.

Shall Resolution No. 507-2014 be approved?

 

PROPOSAL NUMBER FIVE


Resolution No. 579-2014, “A Charter Law Amending the ¼% Suffolk County Drinking Water Protection Program (DWPP) for Enhanced Water Quality Protection, Wastewater Infrastructure And General Property Fund Tax Relief for Suffolk County”

 Resolution No. 579-2014 is a Charter Law that:

  i.      extends the sunset period found in Local Law No. 44-2011 from 2013 to 2017 to allow the use of excess Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund balance for deposits to reserve funds for the payment of County bonds or retirement contributions to provide general property tax relief;

  ii.  mandates, commencing in County Fiscal Year 2018 and continuing   through Fiscal Year 2029, the restoration of funds allocated from the Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017;

  iii.   allows the use of excess Assessment Stabilization Reserve Funds       Balances to fund sewer infrastructure, sewage treatment plants, and the installation of enhanced nitrogen removal septic systems throughout Suffolk County;

  iv.        authorizes the County to issue $29.4 million in serial bonds for a 2014 Enhanced Suffolk County Water Quality Protection Program.

  The phrase “excess Assessment Stabilization Reserve Fund Balance” means balances in the sewer rate stabilization component of the DWPP greater than needed for sewer district tax rate stabilization only in those instances in which the pertinent sewer district will experience an increase in rates of at least 3% in the aggregate.

  Shall Resolution No. 579-2014 be approved?

 


 

 

 

 

 

Wing Fling 4 a Huge Success!

Lives up to its reputation.

Contestants prepare for the wing-eating contest. From left to right are Rich Klein, Art Laufer, Greg Mogil, Islip Young Republicans Michael Carboni and Luca, and Jim Nazzaro.

Legislator Tom Cilmi says his annual "Wing Fling" event is, "The most fun you will ever have at a political fundraiser," and it has developed a reputation for being just that.  Wing Fling 4, held Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Lily Flanagan's in Islip lived up to that reputation.

With more than 150 in attendance, Cilmi's fourth annual Wing Fling well surpassed its predecessors in terms of attendance.  Cilmi said, "The support is overwhelming. People from within the district and far beyond, from every political party, came out to show their support."

The room was treated to music from local attorney Bob Pinnola and "Cousin Mikey" of the Suburban Brothers Band.  Cilmi provided vocals and some guitar on a number of tunes from the Allman Brothers to Santana to Paul Simon...even a rendition of Mark Cohn's "Walking in Memphis."  Assemblyman Joe Saladino sat in from time to time on conga and backing vocals.

Gift certificates from many local restaurants were given out as door prizes throughout the night.

The highlight of the event, however, was the wing-eating contest.  Six contestants had three minutes to eat as many wings as they could.  Each ate for a particular charity and the crowd donated to the charity or contestant of their choice. The winner's charity received all the proceeds.  This year's winner, Greg Mogil, ate eighteen wings.  He was eating for a 501(c)3 charity founded by him and his wife Nicole called Gavin's Got Heart which raises awareness and supports victims of childhood congenital heart disease.  The charity was formed in honor of the Mogil's young son Gavin who suffers with the condition.  Almost $700 was collected which will be matched by the Islip Republican Committee for a total of $1,400 donated to GGH.

Cilmi said he's already thinking of ways to top this year's event.  "It's not going to be easy," he said.  "Each year we seem to raise the bar a little higher.  Giving folks 'the most fun you will ever have a political fundraiser' is a lot of pressure. LOL"

 

 

Electrical licensing to be more business-friendly in Suffolk

Cilmi, Zeldin call for single-license requirement for master electricians

The Suffolk County Legislature took a step today towards making Suffolk County more business-friendly for electrical contractors which, supporters say, will translate to lower costs for consumers.

A bill sponsored by Legislator Tom Cilmi and passed by the Legislature (HR-1) asks New York State to allow Suffolk County to be the sole licensing authority for master electricians throughout the County.  In Nassau County, electricians are required to hold more than 27 different licenses in order to work in the variety of towns, cities and villages within the County..  Not only is there a cost associated with each license, but there are additional insurance costs as well.

Presently in Suffolk County only two municipalities, in addition to Suffolk County, require separate licenses or registrations.  Cilmi says his bill will prevent the proliferation of unnecessary, onerous fees and registrations throughout the County by stopping the spread of unnecessary bureaucracy. 

Cilmi worked with State Senator Lee Zeldin to craft Senate bill S.5132, which is mirrored in the Assembly by A.7298.  The State Legislature requires a home rule message from the County in order to act.

Legislator Cilmi said, “This is common sense, good government, good-for-business legislation which is also good for the consumer.  All master electricians are licensed in Suffolk County.  There is absolutely no reason to add extra layers of bureaucracy at the town and village levels which increase costs for consumers and taxpayers, and provide a false sense of additional security.”

Senator Lee Zeldin said, “This legislation will protect electricians and consumers against the unnecessarily complex structure of electrical licensing that currently exists. It’s another way we are empowering our localities and working to cut red tape to give our area businesses the chance to succeed. It’s a win for the electricians’ trade and a win for consumers.”

Charlie Gardner, Government Affairs Director of the National Electrical Contractor’s Association, Long Island Chapter, who worked with Cilmi and Zeldin on the legislation, called it a “home run.”  He said, “Electrical contractors struggle every day to manage their businesses.  Most don’t have administrative staff to keep track of dozens of required license renewals every year.  Multiple licenses do nothing to protect the consumer and simply increase costs and make it more difficult for contractors to operate.  Our members are thrilled to have played a role in getting this done in Suffolk County.”

 

 

Be the Magic

Little things can make a big difference

Every year I join a great many volunteers as we set up and run the East Islip Soccer Club’s Annual Fall Classic Soccer Tournament.  This year was the event’s 30th anniversary.  The event is held every Columbus Day weekend and gives kids ages five through sixteen the opportunity to compete against other children from all over Long Island.  Anytime you have an event such as this with thousands of children, there are bound to be many special moments.

My job on Saturday, driving folks from one side of the park to the other in golf carts..people who maybe have a lot of gear, are physically challenged, late to their grandchild’s game, or maybe tired from a long day.

My job on Sunday, all day on stage with a microphone in my hand announcing winners…who came in first, who came in second, who won the “hardest shot” contest.  The pace is chaotic at times; at other times I feel like a standup comedian trying to entertain a couple dozen young kids as they await the results of their tournament bracket.  What a lesson in improv.!

During my announcements at this year’s tournament, up stepped a fellow with his young son who had played all weekend but whose team had not won anything.  The boy of six or seven years old was upset that his name wasn’t called over the loudspeaker.  The father asked if there was some way I could publicly recognize his son and I of course obliged.  I brought the boy up on stage and said, “Attention everyone…this is my good friend (name extracted) who is one of our players and I just wanted to introduce him to you.”

I felt good about this seemingly inconsequential moment.  The dad thanked me and he and his son walked off.  A few days later I received a letter thanking me for what I did.  He said that by this small gesture, I had made a huge difference in this young boy’s day.  “It’s all he could talk about,” he said.  The first thing the boy said when he walked off the stage was, “He called me his good friend.”

In reading the letter, a tear came to my eye.  At the time I hadn’t thought about how important that small gesture was to this young child.  I’d be willing to bet that his father had no idea how important his letter would be to me.  To me, the letter had the same effect as my announcement had on his child.  The impact of these good deeds was truly magical.

My point is, whether by words or by action, each of us has the ability to create a little magic in another’s life, just as I did for this child, and just as his father did for me.   During this holiday season, and always…be the magic.

 

Justice System In Need Of Overhaul

Cilmi Asks Newsday to Review

Calling the justice system “clearly broken” in the aftermath of the killing of New York City Police Officer Peter Figoski by reputed career criminal, Lamont Pride, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) is calling for the overhaul of a system which, he says, all too often sets criminals loose to strike again, sometimes with absolutely tragic results.


In a letter to Newsday’s Publisher, Fred Groser, Legislator Cilmi extracted this paragraph from a story appearing in Newsday as grounds for his claim:


“Police said Pride is wanted in North Carolina on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon and had last been arrested Nov. 3, but was released by a judge on his own recognizance after it was determined authorities in North Carolina would not extradite him to face charges there.  Pride had a history of violence, including at least five prior arrests in New York and North Carolina on charges ranging from drug sale to grand larceny.” (Newsday, Four More Charged In Death of Cop from Long Island, December 13, 2011)


Cilmi asked the newspaper, which has been known for its in-depth reporting by way of a number of multi-part stories dealing with a variety of the most vexing issues of the day, to undertake a complete examination of the justice system including, but not limited to, the following topics:


1.  Evidentiary rules/standards
2.  Length of time from arraignment to trial
3.  Cost of public defenders
4.  Bail amounts and crimes committed while those accused are out on bail
5.  The justness and effectiveness of current sentencing standards
6.  Plea Bargaining & reduced sentences
7.  The “luxury” of incarceration (three square meals, child care, cable television and better medical benefits than many law-abiding citizens)
8.  Recidivism

Cilmi said, “Newsday has done a very good job over the years distilling complicated topics.  Our justice system is just one of many areas where we need large-scale change.  Officer Figoski’s violent death at the hands of this heartless criminal, and the relentless pain caused as a result, needn’t be in vain if we use it as a rallying cry to fix a system that’s clearly broken.”

Legislator Cilmi acknowledged that crime is an issue much bigger than the justice system.  “Fixing the justice system is obviously only one part of the solution.  There are so many factors leading to criminal behavior…societal, sociological, psychological, etc.  It’s a really big problem; but we cannot allow the size of a challenge to dissuade us from action.  Yes, this is completely beyond the jurisdiction of the County Legislature, but I am not about to chalk this up to someone else’s problem.  I am not going to remain silent when one of America’s finest is senselessly killed by someone who should have been in jail.”