Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Minority Leader of the Legislature’s Republican Caucus, graduated from West Babylon High School in 1982 and received a B.S. in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology in 1986. Married in 1987, Tom and his wife Anna own a home in Bay Shore and have two grown children, Stefanie and Thomas.
Tom has worked in the music business and digital publishing in marketing and management capacities. Prior to his election, he owned and operated a small commercial printing company, which he sold in 2010.
Tom has served as President of the Islip Chamber of Commerce, the East Islip Soccer Club and the South Shore Republican Club. He coached youth soccer and basketball and also served on the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s CYO. He helped establish the Catholic Middle Schools Athletic Association where he was instrumental in setting up an inter-scholastic soccer league for parochial school students in grades six through eight.
Elected to the Legislature in 2009, Cilmi is serving his fifth term as Legislator for the 10th District in Suffolk County which encompasses parts of Islip, East Islip, Great River, Islip Terrace, Bohemia, Islandia, Central Islip, Bay Shore, Ronkonkoma and Hauppauge and very small portions of Brentwood and Oakdale. He presently sits on the Legislature’s Budget and Finance; and Seniors and Human Services committees. In addition, Legislator Cilmi is the chair of the Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness committee.
Legislator Cilmi sits on the Board of the Suffolk County Land Bank, a not for profit corporation formed by the County to address contaminated, tax delinquent “brownfield” properties and zombie homes. He also chaired a Task Force on Substance Abuse and calls teen alcohol and substance abuse his top social priority. He has sponsored legislation to increase enforcement of the Social Host law, and to require E-cigarette retailers to register with the County.
Cilmi has been a staunch advocate for efficiency measures in government and has sponsored a variety of proposals to increase budget and regulatory transparency and oversight. He has opposed fee increases that disproportionately impact the middle class and has sought input formally and informally from County employees on how to improve County operations.
An avid musician and supporter of the arts, Tom plays and sings country music in his spare time.