prestigious award is a celebration and tribute to Joe’s untiring efforts and contributions to the Village
of Farmingdale," said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “The
Marine Corp Code - 'Semper Fidelis; Semper Fi; Always Faithful' applies to Joe; he has always been
faithful to Farmingdale.”
Belesi has been a Farmingdale resident for 41 years and is a decorated veteran, having served in the
United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery during the Vietnam War and was honorably retired due to wounds
received in that conflict.
He served as an officer and later as a supervisor for the Nassau County
Police Department for more than 32 years and was the youngest supervisor in the history of the
Belesi served as the Senior Advisor for the Minority Nassau County Legislature from 2007-2009 and has the distinct honor of being the first Nassau County Police Officer to be elected
As a Legislator representing the 14th District, his accomplishments toward the
betterment of our Village include the Farmingdale Streetscape project, Village Hall and Fire
Department Roof Repair, Farmingdale Fire Department Entry Doors and our magnificent lighted Flag
Pole on the Village Green, which was dedicated this past summer, Ekstrand said.
The 14th district covers parts of North Massapequa, East Massapequa, Seaford,
North Wantagh, Levittown, Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Plainedge, Farmingdale and South Farmingdale.
He currently serves as the Chair of the Veterans and Senior Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair of the
Public Safety Committee, and as a member of the Minority Affairs Committee, as well as the
Economic & Community Development & Labor Committee.
In the community, Belesi is a member of the Sons of Italy in America, the Knights of Pythias, serves on
the Executive Board of the Italian Americans in Government Service. He is a lifetime member of the
Disabled American Veterans, and was a little league coach.
The outgoing legislator will be recognized and honored with a proclamation at the weekly Village meeting at Village Hall Dec. 2.