B'kaven's Romaine hires ex-Altschuler campaign manager

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Diana Weir, who managed the losing campaign of GOP congressional contender Randy Altschuler, is to become Brookhaven's $90,000-a-year head of housing and human services.

Weir, 69, of East Hampton, is a former town board member, one-time aide to ex-Rep. Michael Forbes and former executive vice president of the Long Island Housing Partnership.

Weir will also oversee federal community development funding and serve as town liaison with Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) -- who twice survived Altschuler's challenges. Supervisor Edward Romaine called Weir "a great fit" because of her contacts and housing experience, and said she will relocate.

A Bishop spokesman declined to comment on the pending appointment.

Romaine also said he is bringing aboard former county general services head Kathleen Koppenhoffer, a Blue Point Democrat, as a $90,000-a-year town purchasing director.

"These decisions have less to do with politics than experience and talent," Romaine said. He dismissed any notion Weir's appointment would cause problems with Bishop.

"I didn't take umbrage when he hired Brian Beedenbender," laughed Romaine, referring to the supervisor's recent rival for the job.

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