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Anthony Manetta, the Suffolk Industrial Development Agency’s $155,000 a year executive director, is back working political campaigns.
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman, acknowledged that Manetta is working on the GOP primary campaigns for Conservative Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and Democratic District Attorney Thomas Spota but he is doing so on a volunteer basis and receiving no pay. He said that Manetta is helping set up photos and mailings for both men, who are doing joint mailings.
Manetta himself said he is not a campaign manager, only helping out. “It’s strictly volunteer, I’m just helping run logistics,” he said.
Manetta in late June got a $20,500 raise after starting with the county IDA last year, making $134,500 annually.
Manetta, a former vice chair of the Suffolk Independence Party, made his first impact in local politics helping DeMarco win the job of Suffolk Sheriff om 2005. He also ran the campaign for He lists on his website a weekly newspaper discription of him as the “best poltical puppet master” in 2005.