Elizabeth Mondello, daughter of Nassau County GOP chairman Joseph Mondello, was on the payroll of two of the county’s three town governments this year, most recently being hired by Hempstead Town.
She was hired by the Town of Hempstead as a part-time clerical aide in July, about a month after she resigned from part-time employment in the Town of Oyster Bay. Hempstead Town spokesman Mike Deery said Tuesday that Mondello was hired on July 7 in the Department of Parks and Recreation. She is paid $25 an hour and works approximately 15 hours a week.
“I think the commissioner felt that her credentials and experience and background were very good and that she could perform the tasks that they were looking for,” Deery said.
Newsday reported in October that more than 100 current or former elected officials, high-level appointees and political club leaders of both parties have at least one family member who has worked in local government at some point since 2015.
“It’s hard to see this as anything other than political power being used to spend tax dollars on folks who are connected,” said Doug Kellogg, spokesman for Reclaim New York Initiative, the nonprofit lobbying arm of Reclaim New York, a fiscally conservative good-government group. “The rules don’t just stop because there’s a smaller amount of money.”
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