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Relatives of 2 LI party leaders on Sen. Boyle's payroll

Newly elected New York State senator, Philip Boyle,

Newly elected New York State senator, Philip Boyle, with his wife, Victoria Ryan, thank supporters after his triumph late last year. (Nov. 6, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

New State Sen. Philip Boyle now has relatives of two party leaders on his payroll.

John MacKay, son of  state Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay, has joined Boyle's staff as a $10,000 a year part-time district representative. “He plans to work very diligently and is very excited about it,” said his father, who said his son is also attending community college.

Already on Boyle’s payroll is Claudia Tantone, wife of the Islip GOP chairman Frank Tantone, who is the senator's deputy chief of staff at $70,300 a year. She had also worked for Boyle when he was in the state Assembly.

Boyle’s wife, Victoria Ryan, an Independence Party member, has a $60,000 public relations contract with the Town of Islip.

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