Elected to his first term as a Suffolk County Legislator on November 3, 2009, Legislator Tom Cilmi has roots in both County government and in private business. Residents of the Town of Islip since 1989, he and his family live in Bay Shore. Tom is a business owner in the Town of Islip and has been involved in many community and business organizations over the years.
Married in 1987, Tom and Anna Cilmi have two children…one in college and one in high school. Tom is a graduate of West Babylon Public Schools (1982) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology (1986).
In 1995, Tom was asked to join County Legislator Tom Finlay as his Legislative Aide, a position he held for approximately three years. It was there that Cilmi realized his love for community service. He had the opportunity to attend legislative and community meetings, help constituents with a variety of problems, and help craft legislation.
After purchasing his business, Tom joined the Islip Chamber of Commerce and was soon appointed to the Board of Directors where he served as President in 2001 and 2002 and again in 2007 and 2008.
Having coached both of his children’s soccer teams, Tom was elected to the Board of Directors of the East Islip Soccer Club in 2001. He served as President from 2005 through 2008. In addition to coaching soccer, in 1999 Tom volunteered to be a basketball coach for St. Mary’s CYO. He joined the Board of Directors in 2005.
In addition to helping out at numerous fund-raising events at St. Mary’s, Tom is credited with helping develop the first ever Catholic Middle Schools Athletic Association soccer program. Today, the CMSAA is a thriving organization affording children who attend Catholic middle schools the opportunity to play sports like their public school counterparts. Today, many of the area’s Catholic schools participate in this league in a variety of sports including soccer, track and field, baseball, softball and basketball.
With interests in business and public policy and a love for children, Tom is a member of the Islip and East Islip - School to Business Partnerships and represents the Islip Chamber as a member of the Islip Anti-Bias Task Force. He is a member of Action Long Island, an advocacy group of business leaders that addresses a variety of key issues and challenges facing Long Island; and he regularly attends meetings of the Long Island Economic and Social Policy Institute at Dowling College.