Tom Cilmi

Suffolk County Legislator - 10th District

For a brighter future.

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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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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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Imposing "healthy" menus in County buildings

Another example of government gone wild

On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the Suffolk County Legislature passed, in an 11-7 vote, a bill entitled, "A Local law to establish healthy food standards at Suffolk County Facilities."  Legislator Tom Cilmi was among those opposed and called the measure "beyond absurd."

He said, "I'm all for asking the folks that operate our cafeterias and vending machines to ensure there are healthy options...and let's face it, it's just good business...but to impose a list of more than twenty constraints and requirements is ridiculous."

Among the bill's requirements are that concessionaires shall offer:

   - a minimum of at least one "leafy-green salad with a minimum of one vinegar-based dressing

   - at least 25% of offerings having 550 calories or less, containing no more than 800 mg of sodium and made with whole grains

   - at least 50% of soups containing no more than 480 mg of sodium per 8 oz. serving

   - at least 33% of "breakfast breads" having no more than 300 calories per serving

   - at least 33% of desserts having no more than 200 calories per serving

   - at least one organic option

Vending machines must contain:

   - at least two slots stocked with water (placed in the "highest selling position"

   - Beverages with more than 25 calories per 8 oz. serving shall fill no more than two slots

   - at least 66% of snacks shall contain no more than 250 calories per package

   - at least 66% other than nuts, seeds, nut butters and cheese shall contain no more than 7 grams of total fat

   - at least 66% shall contain no more than 200 mg of sodium

   - at least 66% of snacks which are grain or potato-based must contain a minimum of 2 grams of fiber

Cilmi said the list goes on and on.  He said, "Who in the world is going to police this?  How is a vendor supposed to know exactly how much sodium is in their soup?  For that matter, how is a consumer going to know?  And if they suspect their breakfast bread contains more than 300 calories, what 911?  And what happens when the healthy choices in vending machines don't sell?  I mean, I am all for healthy options and healthy eating.  Fortunately, people are making healthier choices these days and so the market demands those options.  But to impose such an exhaustive set of controls is beyond absurd!"

Cilmi said he would have been happy to simply allow the County's parks and public works people to work with vendors to ensure there are healthy options.  Nevertheless, the bill passed and County Executive Steve Bellone says he will sign it.



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.”