B'khaven IDA hires Hoffman as deputy executive director

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George Hoffman, a veteran governmental aide, has landed a job as deputy executive director of the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, a post that pays about $90,000 a year.

The agency's board voted to hire Hoffman about two weeks ago after an interview, said Fred Braun, IDA chairman. Hoffman, who will begin work mid-month, will take a vacancy left by Yves Michel, Suffolk's former commissioner of Economic Development.

”George has a vast amount of experience in various towns and will be a great asset to the team,” said Braun. He also said the salary does not come from tax money but fees collected as part of the business projects.

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Hoffman, 60, has worked both sides of the political aisle as chief of staff to Supervisor Frank Petrone, and former Supervisor Phil Nolan of Islip, both Democrats, as well as top aide to former Republican Brookhaven Supervisor John Jay LaValle, now Suffolk GOP chairman.

Hoffman, an Independence Party member, started his career as an aide to former Suffolk Legis. Wayne Prospect (D-Dix Hills) and later worked for Rep. Steve Israel. He also served as executive director of the Route 110 Development Corp., an economic group funded by Babylon and Huntington to spur business along that central corridor.

Since Nolan lost election, Hoffman has worked as a private consultant on business and energy issues and helped engineer Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri’s re-election bid last year.

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