Councilwoman Rebecca M. Alesia
Born and raised on Long Island, Rebecca Alesia got her start watching her grandparents and parents organize their local community to make a difference. This early awareness of successful partnership between residents and local government inspired Rebecca to pursue a career in public service, and instilled in her the principles that guide her to this day: fairness, integrity, and a commitment to listen to the voices of those she serves.
Rebecca was first sworn in as a Town Councilwoman on February 9, 2010. After winning a special election to serve out the remainder of Rose Walker’s term on the Oyster Bay Town Board, Councilwoman Alesia was elected to her first full four-year term in November 2011.
Rebecca, an attorney, is a strong fiscal conservative with a background in planning, zoning and land use, both through her educational studies and job experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, which is the study of how planning, economics and sociology can build a better community.
A former Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, Rebecca served as lead trial counsel for both felony and misdemeanor cases, including narcotics, gang violence and assaults. She also served on the Nassau County Assigned Defender panel, representing indigent defendants. Most recently, Rebecca worked for the Town of Oyster Bay’s Office of the Town Attorney, where she was responsible for litigation and trial work, as well as ridding the Town of some 35 illegal housing cases through her involvement on the Safe Housing Task Force.
As Oyster Bay Town Councilwoman, Rebecca has brought fresh and innovative ideas to the Town. To further help in the revitalization of downtown Hicksville, the Councilwoman committed a $3 million beautification project to help strengthen the business environment by enhancing the appearance of the downtown.
As Councilwoman, Rebecca continues her efforts in preserving the quality of life enjoyed by Town residents. She works with residents who want to bring smart redevelopment and restoration to their communities. As a young mother, Rebecca knows firsthand the importance of family life and works within her community to bring awareness of various programs available in the Town to young families.
An advocate for animals and pet adoption, Councilwoman Alesia helped bring the Town’s involvement to the annual Paws 2 Love Pet Adoption Festival, a not-for-profit event which brings together local rescue groups and shelters in an effort to help bring awareness of pets in need of forever homes, while providing a fun-filled and informative day to the community.
To promote literacy and create a great sense of community within our Town, Councilwoman Alesia has introduced the “One Town, One Book: Oyster Bay Reads” program. “One Town, One Book” is a national movement that seeks to challenge communities to read the same book and discuss reaction with friends and families.
Councilwoman Alesia is a member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, and and has served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Surrogates Court, where she was assigned to represent disabled or incapacitated persons in estate planning matters. To help support our troops, Rebecca annually takes part in Operation Shoe Box, which sends much-needed personal care items to troops deployed overseas.
Rebecca and her husband, Salvatore, are the proud parents of a seven year old son. They attend Midway Jewish Center in Syosset.