The Oyster Bay Town Board today voted to appoint Steve Labriola of Massapequa Park to fulfill the Town Board term of former Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, who resigned her position on February 12, 2019. Councilman Labriola has extensive experience in public service, protecting taxpayers’ wallets and helping local communities as a New York State Assemblyman, Oyster Bay Town Clerk, Chief Deputy County Comptroller, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy County Clerk.
Supervisor Saladino stated, “Steve Labriola is a dedicated public servant with unmatched experience in government compliance, internal controls and financial oversight. We welcome his expertise and leadership to the Town Board. Together, we will continue to move Oyster Bay forward with conservative budgeting principles that freeze taxes, reduce debt and restrict new spending.”
Prior to joining the Oyster Bay Town Board, Steve served as Deputy County Clerk where he increased language accessibility for residents and tightened controls over County financial transactions. Steve Labriola gained extensive experience during his time as Nassau County’s Chief Deputy Comptroller. In this position, he managed a staff of more than 80 employees in the Accounting, Audit, Claims and Payroll departments. He fought to root out waste, fraud and corruption and referred several matters for criminal investigation. In his role as Chief Deputy Comptroller, Steve was also involved in all facets of compliance with Federal, State, and local laws as related to the powers, duties, and functions of the Office as well as contract compliance and employee labor relations. This experience and leadership qualities is the reason he was appointed to the Oyster Bay Town Board.
Councilman Labriola stated, “I am thrilled to return to public service in a Town I love so much. Throughout my career, I have gained extensive experience with municipal finance and best practices to create internal controls to prevent fraud and abuse in our local government. I look forward to joining this administration in cutting waste, reducing debt and restricting new spending. Together with Supervisor Saladino and my colleagues on the Town Board, we will continue to bring positive changes to the Town of Oyster Bay while protecting taxpayers’ wallets and protecting and preserving our suburban lifestyle our residents hold so dear.”
Prior to his time with Nassau County government, Steve Labriola served as Oyster Bay Town Clerk and a State Assemblyman. As Clerk, Steve instituted strong financial controls and segregated financial duties to protect the taxpayers. To prevent corruption, he cross-trained staff, modernized and computerized operations, and moved the department forward by initiating credit card use and modern cash registers. As a State Assemblyman, Steve voted to enact the STAR Property Tax Relief program to help deliver assistance to homeowners. By working in a bi-partisan manner with State Senators and Assembly representatives, Steve Labriola accomplished a variety of reforms, including longer jail sentences for violent felons and a work/school requirement for those on welfare as well as finger imaging to reduce fraud.
Steve Labriola has a Master’s degree in Government and Politics and Public Administration from St. John’s University in Queens. He is married to his wife Cindy for over 30 years. The couple reside in Massapequa Park with their daughters Gina and Lisa.