A Woodbury dentist and past president of the Syosset School Board will likely be the Democratic Party choice as candidate for Oyster Bay supervisor this fall, Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said Thursday.
Marc W. Herman, 63, of Woodbury “is a professional,” Jacobs said. Besides running his dental practice, he also headed a school board “known to be one of the best in the country. He ran it as such and was re-elected multiple times. He has a strong community interest.
Herman said he was, “very interested in running for supervisor in Oyster Bay. I feel really strongly there needs to be a fresh start in the town. I know I can do it, and I can do it well. I’m very flattered they’re considering me and look forward to supporting whatever their decision is.”
Longtime Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, a Republican, resigned in January to fight federal corruption charges. Venditto is accused of soliciting and accepting bribes from restaurateur and former town concessionaire Harendra Singh in return for helping him obtain town guarantees on $20 million in loans.
The Republican town board appointed former Assemb. Joseph Saladino, a Massapequa Republican, to take Venditto’s place. Saladino is expected to be the Republican nominee for supervisor this fall.
Whoever is elected supervisor will be taking over a town facing “severe fiscal stress,” according to the state comptroller. Last April, Standard and Poors downgraded the town’s credit to junk status, citing a decade of deficits and weak financial management while Moody’s Investor Services in January assigned the town its lowest investor grade ranking. The town faces an SEC investigation and a grand jury probe by Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas.