Helena Williams, ex-LIRR president, tapped for Nassau deputy job


Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran has selected Helena Williams, former Long Island Rail Road president, as her chief deputy county executive — a position in which she can manage all aspects of county government, from parks and assessments to the revitalization of Nassau Coliseum property.

Curran, a Democratic county legislator from Baldwin who takes office Jan. 1, envisions Williams, 62, of Garden City, as an “orchestra conductor,” overseeing a breadth of operations while serving as her eyes and ears on the ground.

“Helena is a wonderful manager,” Curran said in an interview Saturday at a diner in Rockville Centre with Williams. “Her responsibility as chief deputy is to oversee the functioning of government. And Helena has exactly the right skill set and experience in both the public and private sector.”

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