Yesterday, the Suffolk County Legislature’s Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved a bill authorizing the County Comptroller to issue nearly $160 million of debt to cover operating expenses and continued to reject legislation aimed at long-term budget planning and transparency.
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, a former small business owner, Chamber of Commerce president and professed supporter of small business, introduced the legislation in response to complaints from business owners in Suffolk who, Cilmi says, are being forced to pay for unnecessary public infrastructure improvements.
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi delivered the following report to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. The report lists more than 140 suggestions put forth by Suffolk’s employees, many of whom found themselves on a list of more than 200 employees who were laid off at the end of June as a result of Suffolk’s fiscal […]
a Tom Cilmi Commentary… - reprinted from Long Island Business News courtesy of Tom Cilmi Those of us in business are all too familiar with the required quarterly filing of unemployment insurance. While the philosophical debate rages over the pros and cons of extended unemployment benefits, New York’s employers are paying through the nose, funding […]
Suffolk County Legislators Tom Cilmi and Rob Calarco joined in thanking New York State Assemblyman Phil Ramos and Senator Lee Zeldin, sponsors of legislation which passed the Assembly today allowing Suffolk County to establish its own Traffic Violations Bureau. The Senate bill had already been passed. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation, A9539-D […]
Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, May 15 to elicit ideas on how Suffolk County can eliminate waste and operate more efficiently. The hearing is scheduled to take place from 5pm to 8pm in the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium in the William H. Rogers Legislature Building on Veterans Memorial […]
Suffolk County GOP Legislator Tom Cilmi released a statement on his facebook page today clarifying his position on Suffolk County’s recent decision to have County workers pay a portion of there healthcare costs. Newsday couldn’t possibly give this story enough ink to fully explain. In the end, after many unanswered substantive questions posed by me […]
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, May 15 to elicit ideas on how Suffolk County can eliminate waste and operate more efficiently. The hearing is scheduled to take place from 5pm to 8pm in the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium in the William H. Rogers Legislature Building on […]
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi today announced another round of savings to the County as a result of legislation he sponsored directing the Comptroller to pay F.I.T. for only those students enrolled in the school’s Associate Degree program. Earlier this year, Cilmi announced savings to the County of approximately $1.6 million from the reduction in […]
Today at a meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Government Operations Committee, Suffolk’s new Deputy Suffolk County Executive for Performance Management, Tom Melito, told the Committee he thought using “LEAN Government” principles in Suffolk County was a good idea and something he would pursue. The statement prompted Committee member, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, to […]
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Majority Leader Legislator DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) and 10th District Legislator Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) applauded the creation of a Suffolk County Land Bank. The measure is designed to take advantage of a new state law and allow Suffolk County to remediate and return to the tax rolls abandoned and contaminated […]
Today we learned what many of us already knew: Suffolk County is in dire financial straits. While the fiscal challenge today is daunting, the challenge is predicted to be substantially greater in 2013 and beyond. We were told that the three year deficit, 2011 – 2013 could be more than $500 million. The Suffolk County […]
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi is claiming another victory in his fight against the out of county tuition mandate, particularly as it relates to F.I.T. Counties in New York State are required to partially subsidize residents who attend community colleges in other counties. F.I.T. is the only community college that offers four year and graduate […]
Newsday reports that Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi‘s public endorsement of Newt Gingrich is touted in an announcement tonight by the former Georgia congressman’s campaign for president. Cilmi’s name was filed on the delegate list last week to represent Gingrich at the RNC’s Tampa convention over the summer — if Gingrich does well enough in […]
Suffolk Legislator Tom Cilmi, a member of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Higher Education & Information Technology Committee is again calling for an end to New York State’s decades old out-of-county tuition mandate which forces counties to subsidize students who attend community colleges outside their resident county. The renewed call comes after the release of an […]