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Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

The Babylon Industrial Development Agency has denied a request from former Executive Director Robert Stricoff for $16,000 for unused sick and vacation time.

Stricoff, a former Babylon Democratic leader, left the IDA post to take a similar job with the Suffolk County IDA in September 2014. But he withdrew after Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer asked for a district attorney probe into whether Stricoff took as much as $120,000 in unauthorized pay raises and expenses as town party leader. That probe is before the state Board of Elections, according to town sources.

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Stricoff filed the claim for his unused time on Dec. 7, saying he had 32 days coming to him. The board, after a half-hour executive session Jan. 10, unanimously denied his request.

Stricoff, who said he brought in $880 million in new investment during his 11 years, said, “IDA personnel policy has always been ... to pay for unused vacation and sick time upon resignation from the agency.” Stricoff said he would not sue, but “I’m hopeful that after further consideration, the IDA will agree to the payment of the money. This is purely an administrative request.”

Rick Brand