Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi 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.
Tom has worked in the music business, in digital publishing and, prior to his election, owned and operated a small commercial printing company for fifteen years, which he sold in 2010. He also worked for three years as a Legislative Aide for Suffolk County.
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 form 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 sits on the Legislature’s Public Safety; Ways and Means; Health; Seniors and Consumer Protection committees. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Directors 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. He frequently speaks in schools about the dangers of addictive behavior.
Cilmi has been a strong advocate for efficiency measures in government and has sponsored a variety of proposals to increase budget and regulatory transparency and oversight.