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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Suffolk Republican Legislators Announce New Minority Leader

The Republican Caucus of the Suffolk County Legislature announced the selection of 10th District Legislator Tom Cilmi as Minority Leader.  Cilmi has been a vocal proponent of changes to the County’s budget process, has advocated for multi-year budgeting and for voting on the County’s budget and tax levy before Election Day.

Cilmi said, “I’m honored to lead the Republican caucus in 2018 and look forward to working with any member, Republican or Democrat, who wants to put an end to back door fees and taxes and to wasteful spending and borrowing.”

At Tuesday’s Organizational Meeting, the Republican Caucus proposed changes to the Rules of the Legislature, the body’s governing document, to increase transparency and public participation. Democrat Legislator Monica Martinez also proposed changes. 

In a show of bipartisanship, the Republican Caucus unanimously supported the changes proposed by Martinez.  When it came to Republican proposals, however, four out of five proposals were killed by the Democrat majority. 

As for the Rules vote, Cilmi said, “The Rules changes we put forth are common sense proposals designed to improve transparency and increase public participation in the legislative process.  Unfortunately, It appears that most of our Democrat colleagues only want bipartisanship when it suits them.” 

Legislator Kevin McCaffrey said, “Today the Republican Caucus began our efforts to demand transparency.   Unfortunately, the Democrat majority blocked these calls for good and open government. Our Caucus remains committed to protecting the residents and taxpayers of Suffolk County.”

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