Venditto mum on whether he’ll resign

Embattled Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who is facing federal corruption charges, is still mulling whether or not he should resign.

Embattled Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who is facing federal corruption charges, is still mulling whether or not he should resign. (11/11/16)

OYSTER BAY - Embattled Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who is facing federal corruption charges, is still mulling whether or not he should resign.

Venditto was released last month on $500,000 bond. With his town facing major fiscal problems, critics are questioning whether Oyster Bay has strong enough leadership to fix its problems.

"Residents need to know the strong leadership that is going to move this town to be fiscally solid," says Lisa Tyson, of Long Island Progressive Coalition. "Right now they don't feel that way, so I'm not sure how he can lead at this point."

In a statement on Oct. 24, Venditto told News 12 he was thinking about his best course forward and would announce something "more definitive" in a few days.

But since then, he hasn't said a word, causing concern for some residents who want him to step down. Others, like John Mangelli, who ran against Venditto last year for the supervisor job, say they want him to stay in office rather than step down for a political appointee.

If that happened, Mangelli, who says he plans to run for the job again next year, would not have to face a freshly appointed incumbent.

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