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John Venditto, the ‘ultimate public servant,’ dies of cancer

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Former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, of Massapequa, died on Tuesday morning. The cause was lung cancer, which he was diagnosed with in January after experiencing back pain. Venditto was 70 years old. 

Serving the Town of Oyster Bay for 35 years, Venditto, a Republican, began his career with the town as a councilman. Then he became the town attorney and after 6 years was elected as the town supervisor, a position he held for 19 years. 

After being indicted on federal corruption charges in 2016 he resigned in January 2017. Venditto beat those charges and was acquitted on May 24, 2019. He had also been indicted by the Nassau DA in June 2017 for involvement in a real estate deal and for orchestrating a hiring. He pleaded guilty on July 27, 2019 to the state corruption charges and did not receive any jail time or fines.

Venditto is survived by his wife Christine, sons former State Sen. Michael Venditto and Nicholas Venditto and daughter Joanna. 

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