Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Rebecca Alesia joined the Oyster Bay Town Board on Feb. 9, filling the vacancy created by Rose Marie Walker’s election to the Nassau County Legislature.
Alesia, an attorney, is a strong fiscal conservative with a background in planning, zoning and land use, both through her educational studies and job experience. She has a bachelor of arts in urban studies, which is the study of how planning, economics and sociology can build a better community.
“It focuses on how downtowns meet with suburbia, making sure one doesn’t infringe on the other,” Alesia said. “It incorporates the exact principles that Supervisor [John] Venditto undertakes when ensuring proper planning throughout the town, something in which I look forward to further participating.”
Alesia is a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney who served as lead trial counsel for both felony and misdemeanor cases, including narcotics, gang violence and assaults. She also served on the Nassau County Assigned Defender panel, representing indigent defendants, and currently serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for the Surrogates Court, where she is assigned to represent disabled or incapacitated persons in estate planning matters. Most recently, Alesia worked for the Oyster Bay Town Attorney’s Office, where she was responsible for litigation and trial work.
“I worked on keeping a big box store out of the Hicksville community, and was responsible for shutting down several huge boarding houses throughout the Town of Oyster Bay,” Alesia said.
In addition, Alesia was a member of the town’s Safe Housing Task Force, which focused on ridding communities throughout the town of some 35 illegal housing cases, all of which were solved during her tenure on the task force.
While interning for a large municipal planning department during law school, Alesia worked on demographic studies, giving her a true sense of the importance of proper planning, zoning and land use.
As councilwoman, Alesia hopes to continue her efforts in preserving the quality of life enjoyed by town residents. She plans to continue her efforts in working with residents who want to bring smart redevelopment and restoration to their communities. As a young mother, Alesia knows firsthand the importance of family life. Hoping to be an ambassador for young people, she wants to bring awareness of various programs available in the town to young families.
“We have so many great facilities and programs available for children and young people here in the Town of Oyster Bay,” Alesia said. “I hope to bring a better awareness of such amenities to families throughout the town.”
Alesia also hopes to work with youngsters in the area of Internet safety, particularly educating children on the importance of remaining cautious when using social networking sites. Additionally, she is looking to embark on recycling initiatives and taking on environmental concerns.
Alesia is a member of the Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations. To help support our troops, she took part in Operation Shoe Box, which sends much-needed personal care items to troops deployed overseas.
Alesia is a graduate of Hofstra University Law School, where she was a member of the National Trial Team, and Connecticut College in New London, where she was the editor-in-chief of the college’s weekly newspaper. Alesia attends Midway Jewish Center in Plainview. She and her husband Salvatore reside in Plainview with their son, Charlie, who is two and a half years old.