Councilman Anthony Manetta
Anthony Manetta took office as Town of Babylon Councilman January 1st, 2018.
Councilman Manetta is the Chairman of the Town of Babylon Small Business Committee. The Committee was formed by Town Board Resolution with a focus to promote small business across the Town and foster collaboration.
Councilman Manetta has consistently said that the Town of Babylon’s small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. He has driven key small business initiatives during his time in office by securing partnerships with National, State and Regional business groups. These include the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale College. The Councilman has launched multiple seminars for business owners on topics such as “Access to Capital” providing resources on obtaining grants and loans to support a company’s growth.
Helping bolster Minority and Women entrepreneurs has been a key focus of Councilman Manetta. He has created events and seminars aimed at providing meaningful resources, information and networking opportunities. These include obtaining Minority and Women Owned Business (MWBE) status, how to increase business revenues as a government contractor and hosting an annual “Women in Business Leadership Forum” which has become a highly sought after event. He was honored by Minority Millennials with their "Next Generation Changemaker Award". The award recognizes those who make a positive impact on Long Island as important influences to next generation leaders of color.
Councilman Manetta works closely with the Chambers of Commerce across the Town of Babylon. He formed the Town of Babylon Chamber of Commerce Collaborative, one of the first of its kind on Long Island. Councilman Manetta feels that having our Main Street’s prosper is important for our local economy. He has been a vocal supporter of the revitalization efforts across the Town including in the communities of Lindenhurst, Wyandanch, Copiague and Deer Park.
In an effort to keep in touch with the small business community he created the Town’s first “Small Business Connection” newsletter. The newsletter provides resources and information for small businesses along with an outlet for the Councilman’s Office to assist with any constituent matters.
During the COVID-19 pandemic he spearheaded a number of virtual sessions called “Chamber Check-in’s”. This provided both small businesses and the residents the opportunity to learn about how main street businesses are faring and learn about the latest news in their community. Additionally, Councilman Manetta spearheaded many informational sessions to help businesses navigate through the myriad of government loan programs that were launched. He was a co-sponsor of the Town’s Direct Support Program (DSP) which utilized American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support local small businesses and non-profit organizations. The DSP program provided several million dollars in grant funding to help rebuild our local economy after the pandemic.
Councilman Manetta is no stranger to supporting the community on the grassroots level. Helping the Town’s residents has been another core focus during his time in office. This stems from his deep understanding on how local neighbors support one another dating back from his co-founding of the Daniel Street Civic Association in Lindenhurst, the time he served on the Lindenhurst Economic Development Committee and as the Director of the Lindenhurst Super Storm Sandy Relief Fund. Additionally, he currently serves as a member of the West Babylon Lions Club, the Amityville F&M Lodge #977, Lindenhurst Moose Lodge #1421, Lindenhurst Knights of Columbus Council #794 and sits on the Boards of the United Way of Long Island, the HIA-LI and the Sophia Valsamos Foundation.
His Council office has launched many drives to give back to those in need. These include an Annual Pasta and Sauce Drive, Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive with our Local Village Officials, Annual Snack and Juice Box Drive and co-sponsoring with local organizations Winter Coat and Toy drives.
Italian Culture – rooted in family and community - is important to Councilman Manetta. He sponsored naming the Month of October “Italian Heritage Month” in the Town of Babylon where he held the first ceremony recognizing local Italian American Leaders for their service to our community. He is a member of the Sons of Italy Constantino Brumidi Lodge in Deer Park, a member of the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Association in America and is a lifetime member of the Holy Name Society at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church.
Councilman Manetta has been recognized by community groups, trade associations and media outlets for his work including being named one of Long Island Business News' 40 leaders under the age of 40, the Melville Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate of the Year, awarded the Long Island Business News' 'IDA of the Year' and recognized by the Boys & Girls Club and Pronto Long Island for his achievements at their annual galas.
In the private sector Mr. Manetta is an entrepreneur and previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and as an executive at boutique financial advisory firm focused on corporate restructuring and turnarounds.
Councilman Manetta is a graduate of Lindenhurst High School, holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Corporate Finance. He is married with 3 children and lives in Babylon.