Meet Tony

Meet Tony

Councilman Santino is committed to keeping Hempstead Town a great place to live, work and play for you and your family.

Town of Hempstead Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino of East Rockaway was re-elected to his fifth term as a member of the Hempstead Town Board in the November 2009 general election, winning 71.4% of the vote.

Councilman Santino represents Hempstead Town’s Fourth Councilmatic District. He was first-elected to a four-year term as a councilman in November 1993 and re-elected in 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2009. When the Town Board switched from an at-large system of representation to the current councilmatic district system in 2000, Councilman Santino also won that special election.

An eight-year veteran of the East Rockaway Village Board, after first winning election at the age of 22, Councilman Santino has had a distinguished career in government service.

In addition to serving as a Trustee and Deputy Mayor of East Rockaway Village, Councilman Santino has enjoyed a varied career in government on the federal level as well.

He served for four years as Executive Assistant to then-Congressman Norman F. Lent, eventually becoming the congressman’s district office manager. Subsequently, Mr. Santino served as a Special Assistant to the Nassau County Board of Supervisors. Prior to his election to the Town Board in 1993, the Councilman served as the Town’s Director of Communications for six and one-half years.

Councilman Anthony J. SantinoCouncilman Santino is the author of a landmark measure that brought library service to previously unserved residents of some of Hempstead Town’s unincorporated communities. The creation of the Bay Park Library District was a first-of-its-kind effort to expand library service in New York State through the creation of a library district that contracts with an existing, neighboring library — this model has been used by communities across Long Island to expand library service to previously unserved communities.

Nassau County District Court Judge Norman Janowitz administers the oath of office to Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino for his term beginning January 1, 2010.
Mr. Santino was the driving force behind the Town of Hempstead’s condemnation of the Oceanside Motel, a community eyesore that was often the scene of illegal activity.

Councilman Santino is active in a wide array of community organizations. He is a charter member of the Msgr. Walsh-St. Raymond’s Council of the Knights of Columbus, a Fourth Degree member of the Cardinal Mercier Assembly of the Knights of Columbus, Order Sons of Italy in America, the Kiwanis Club of East Rockaway, and the St. Raymond’s Parish Holy Name Society.

Additionally, he is a member of Italian-Americans in Government, a non-for-profit organization. Councilman Santino was honored by the Father John Farrell Council of the Knights of Columbus, which is based at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Hewlett, at its annual dinner dance in October 2006. He also serves as a lector at St. Raymond’s R.C. Church.

Councilman Santino is also a member at-large of the Iroquois District of the Nassau County Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Eagle Scout Board of Review. In June 2009, BSA Theodore Roosevelt Council, Iroquois District recognized Councilman Santino for his outstanding contributions to the Scouting program and the community by awarding him the District Award of Merit.

A member of New York Elks Lodge #1 of Lynbrook, Councilman Santino has the privilege of serving as an Executive Committee member of the American Committee on Italian Migration.

In March 2010, the Councilman was named “Man of the Year” by Division 3 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an organization which he has associate membership.

The East Rockaway American Legion Post #958 inducted Councilman Santino into a ‘Friend of the American Legion’ society, as a friend to our community’s veterans. Additionally, the Councilman is a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

Councilman Anthony J. Santino is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named “Man of the Year” by the Georgia Wright Animal Guardian Foundation, the Order Sons of Italy in America, St. Raymonds R.C. Church; the Iroquois District of the Boy Scouts of America; and the Shanti Fund, a charitable organization of Indian-Americans.

In 1998, the Councilman was the honoree at the Elmont-based Kerala Cultural Center’s annual Indian Independence Day celebration. Councilman Santino is also the recipient of the “Champion of Youth Award” of the Link Counseling Center of Lynbrook, New York. He has received the East Rockaway Board of Education’s highest educational award, the ‘Friends of Education Award’ in recognition of his ‘tireless efforts on behalf of the school district.’ He was also named “Man of the Year” at the annual joint brotherhood breakfast sponsored by Oceanside’s Rocky Marciano Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America as well as B’nai Brith’s Trophy Lodge.

The East Rockaway Kiwanis Club named Councilman Santino its “Kiwanian of the Year” for 2002. He was also named “Man of the Year” by the Five Towns Kiwanis Club at its annual golf outing in 2008. The National Council of Young Israel awarded the councilman its Public Service Award in March 2004.

Councilman Santino is an enthusiastic supporter of our community’s volunteer fire service. His efforts on behalf of the fire service were recognized on February 8, 2009 by the Woodmere Fire Department when its members named him an honorary member of the department.

Councilman Santino was honored by the Bay Park Civic Association and presented with its ‘distinguished service’ award in recognition of his tireless work to establish the Bay Park Library District. In May 2006, he was honored by the ‘Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre’.

Born in Corona, Queens, Councilman Santino moved to East Rockaway during childhood. A product of the East Rockaway public school system, Councilman Santino owns a home in East Rockaway, his hometown for more than 39 years. He is a St. John’s University alumnus.

The Fourth Councilmatic District of the Town of Hempstead includes Baldwin, East Rockaway, Hewlett, Hewlett Bay Park, Hewlett Harbor, Hewlett Neck, Lakeview, Lynbrook, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, South Hempstead, and portions of Island Park and Malverne.