Five top officials in North Hempstead Town have left their municipal jobs.
The executive director and deputy director of the Solid Waste Management Authority are no longer employed by the town. Their departures came more than two months after the arrest of an administrative assistant charged with embezzling more than $98,000 from the authority.
Executive Director Igor Sikiric and Deputy Executive Director John Peters left on May 1. Sikiric’s departure is listed as a “separation,” while Peters’ departure is a “resignation,” according to a town personnel resolution.
The administrative assistant, Helen McCann, was charged Feb. 29 with embezzling the cash fees collected from residents dropping off yard waste. McCann often deposited less cash into bank accounts than had been reported, and did not make any deposits in some cases, prosecutors said.
Cindy Cardinal, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Judi Bosworth and her longtime legislative aide when Bosworth was a county legislator, left her job May 6. She was paid $135,960 in annual salary. Cardinal oversaw the Parks and Recreation Department, 311 constituent call center, Department of Services for the Aging, Department of Commuinity Services, communications department and the town’s Business and Tourism Development Corp.
Frank Prisciandaro, Commissioner of Information Technology and Telecommunications, left on May 1, and his departure was considered a “separation.” The town’s procurement coordinator, Maria Gomes, resigned Tuesday, officials said.
Bosworth on Tuesday declined an interview request about the departures.
“In government, people often move on and we wish them well,” town spokeswoman Carole Trottere said in a written statement. “The administration is currently in the process of interviewing several qualified candidates for both the IT and Solid Waste Management commissioner positions. Other positions are being reviewed and evaluated with an eye on achieving greater efficiency to benefit our residents and taxpayers.”
The town started making changes to its personnel and other policies after the arrests of McCann and former North Hempstead Democratic Party Chairman Gerard Terry, who served as the town’s outside counsel and board of zoning appeals attorney. Newsday reported Jan. 31 that Terry was making hundreds of thousands of dollars in government jobs after compiling a nearly $1.4 million federal and state tax debt. Town Attorney Elizabeth Botwin subsequently launched a review into town policies and procedures. Terry was arrested on April 12 and charged by Nassau prosecutors with felony tax fraud. He has pleaded not guilty.
Prisciandaro, Sikiric, Gomes and Peters could not be reached for comment. Cardinal did not return a call seeking comment. Gomes did not respond to requests for comment.
Sikiric, hired by the town in 2008, was paid $116,743 annually. Peters, hired in 2009, was paid $92,909. Prisciandaro had a $120,235 salary and was first hired by the town in 2005. Gomes, first hired in 2008, made $94,430 in annual salary.
Town officials have yet to name a replacement for former Public Safety Commissioner Andrew DeMartin, who resigned in February to pursue a full-time run for the 16th Assembly District seat.