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Suffolk still has an acting labor director, but a new one

The Bellone administration named a new acting director of labor relations to replace the former acting director or labor relations.

The latest fill-in is Jennifer McNamara, a senior assistant county attorney who has worked the county for nine years. McNamara, 45, will make the same $91,000-a-year salary she made in the law department. Vanessa Baird Streeter, Bellone's spokeswoman, could not say whether McNamara is in the running to keep the post permanently or if a search process is under way. She also did not know if McNamara will continue to do county legal work along with dealing with  the county’s 11 unions, most of which are without contracts.

The county’s top labor post has languished with stopgap appointments since the Levy administration after longtime labor relations director Jeff Tempera departed in June 2011 to become director of human resources for Suffolk County Community College.

Paul Margiotta, who was named chief deputy county attorney when County Executive Steve Bellone took office, was also given the role of acting director of labor relations. He headed the office when the police contract went through multiple very public revisions. Margiotta had been making $154,044 a year in his dual role. As of April 1, he has taken over the county’s new traffic violations bureau, where he now makes $155,800 annually.

Dan Farrell, president of the county's largest union — the 6,500-member Association of Municipal Employees, currently without a contract — said he does not know McNamara but looks forward to working with her.

“The last month has been a difficult transition for us with Paul moving over to the traffic bureau,” he said.

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