Joseph V. Belesi was first elected to represent the 14th District of Nassau County on November 3rd, 2009 and was re-elected in 2011. 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.
The 14th District includes parts of East Massapequa, North Massapequa, Seaford, North Wantagh, Levittown, Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Plainedge, Farmingdale and South Farmingdale.
A 39 year resident of Farmingdale, Joe was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. He attended Nassau Community College and the City University of New York Queens College.
Joe is the father of three children, grandfather of eight, and a husband of 43 years to his wife, Donna.
Joe is a decorated Veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict as an Infantryman. He was awarded the Purple Heart for bravery, and was honorably retired due to wounds received in that conflict.
In addition to his decorated military career, he is also a decorated former Nassau County Police Officer and Supervisor for over 32 years. Joe was the youngest Supervisor in the history of the NCPD. As part of his service, Joe served as 1st Vice President of the Nassau County Superior Officers Association and a S.W.A.T. team supervisor, which included hostage rescue and tactical teams. After his work in various capacities with law enforcement, Joe served as the Senior Advisor for the Minority Nassau County Legislature from 2007-2009.
Legislator Belesi has the distinct honor of being the first Nassau County Police Officer to be elected County Legislator.
In the community, Joe 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, is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and was a little league coach.