Nassau's top GOP leaders meet before Oyster Bay decision

Nassau's top Republicans huddled together inside the county's Republican Committee building in Westbury Thursday night ahead of the Oyster Bay Town Board's special meeting on Friday.



Norma Gonsalves, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature, told News 12 that it was just a "routine meeting."



But the Town Board will be selecting a permanent replacement for Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who resigned this week in the wake of federal corruption charges.



Multiple sources have told News 12 Long Island that Massapequa Assemblyman Joseph Saladino is strongly being considered for the position.



Saladino did not answer any questions posed to him before entering the meeting Thursday night.



Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia said she'll call for the board to adjourn its Friday meeting to allow for more time and more transparency behind the eventual choice for town supervisor.



Democrats are also attacking the board, calling its members unfit to select Venditto's replacement.



"Every single person on that board should resign," said former council candidate Bob Freier. "They all breached the public's trust, and they voted on the resolutions that enabled John Venditto to be charged with the crimes that he's charged with."


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