Cilmi said he is proud of his part in the bipartisan fight against drug and alcohol abuse, a subject he said has been a priority in his public life. He cited his sponsoring of an amendment to the county’s social host law — which targets adults for knowingly permitting underage drinking in their homes — leading to greater enforcement of the law. He also cited his work with veterans, noting a bill he filed that he said would expedite veterans’ Medicaid applications. Cilmi said he has also pushed for greater transparency with the county budget. If re-elected, he said, he wants to end the private discussions of the nine-member budget working group and make it a public forum, with all legislators allowed to take part in the amendment process. He also wants the legislature to create a multiyear budget plan.
Cilmi, 53, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New York Institute of Technology. He was previously the owner of CTL Printing & Media in Islip. He was first elected a legislator in 2009. Cilmi is married, with two children, and lives in Bay Shore.