Saladino distances himself from Oyster Bay corruption indictments

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Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joe Saladino is doing all he can to distance himself from his predecessor, John Venditto, a fellow Republican that was indicted for public corruption charges. 

"John Venditto and his inner circle have become the national poster boys for public corruption and malfeasance," says Saladino. "Under my watch, we have turned the corner and we are cleaning house."

The former Assemblyman was appointed as town supervisor five months ago after Venditto was indicted in a separate federal corruption case. Saladino recently launched his campaign to hold on to his role in November's election. 

The leading Democrat in the race, Dr. Marc Herman of Woodbury, says the only way to truly end corruption in the town is to sweep the old Republican guard out of office.

"Acting Supervisor Saladino is a loyal soldier. A former employee who is cut from the same cloth of Supervisor of John Venditto," says Dr. Herman. 

It's not yet clear if the Oyster Bay corruption charges will be enough to drive voters to the polls countywide. Newsday's Joye Brown says voter turnout in the county is generally low in off presidential years.
 

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