The Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday appointed Brian Nevin, a top aide to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as the town’s new public information officer.
The 6-1 vote came after a town board member objected to the appointment, calling Nevin a “high-powered Republican operative” who does not live in the town and should not be paid a $163,000 salary when the town is facing severe budget problems.
“It would be cheaper to contract out to a firm than paying one individual $163,000,” said Councilman Anthony Macagnone, the sole board member to vote against Nevin’s appointment.
Supervisor Joseph Saladino defended the hiring and salary, which he said was the same amount Nevin received from the county. Nevin is to start his town job Wednesday.
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