On Sunday, Jan. 5 at the Sayville Republican Club, located on Main Street in Sayville, Legis. Anthony Piccirillo gathered with his supporters for his inauguration by former assemblyman and current district court Judge Al Graf. With over 50 people in attendance, the room was filled to capacity with only three empty seats for the ceremony. Attendees included town supervisor Angie Carpenter, councilman Neil Foley, councilman Steve Flotterton, Brightwaters mayor John Valdini, and both Garbarinos, assemblyman, Andrew, and East End Republican chairman, Bill.
Following an enthusiastic Pledge of Allegiance, American Legion chaplain John Bugler lead the attendees in a prayer where he thanked God for Piccirillo. “We have made the law in this little town, dot on the Earth, called Sayville. We have had the miracle of the Piccirillo man… [he] came across the desert to bring light… to bring the glory of this country’s beginning.”
Additional speakers continued to commend Piccirillo on what they considered an unlikely victory that started with a write-in vote for the nomination and endured “one of the most vicious campaigns,” according to assemblyman Doug Smith. Upon introducing Piccirillo to the crowd for his inauguration, the attendees jumped up and applauded vigorously.
Piccirillo outlined his vision for his first term. “My duty is to the taxpayers. It is more important than party. The other side spent over half a million dollars more and my victory proves that money doesn’t buy elections anymore,” he said.
He went on to cite his minority vote against incumbent Democrats being installed as presiding officer and deputy presiding officer on the first legislative day of service as proof of his commitment to his constituents and voters.
Dawn Marie Domenica, Piccirillo’s chief of staff, in a phone call prior to the event, outlined his initiatives for his first year in office: 1) County finances (specifically the bond downgrade and sewer stabilization fund) 2) Cutting nitrogen-rich soil deposits into the Great South Bay 3) Halting overdevelopment and 4) Campaign finance law reform. n