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Gerry Twombly, who served as communications director for former Nassau Democratic legislative leader Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove, says he began working this month for Republican County Executive Edward Mangano as public information officer in Nassau’s emergency management office.
Twombly said he will be paid $90,000. He had been making $95,000 under Yatauro but he said his salary was cut “drastically” after she did not seek re-election last year.
Although Democrats promised to find him a comparable position, Twombly said only Mangano’s office made him an offer. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue working for the county,” he said. Mangano’s office did not return requests for comment.
A lifelong Democrat from Bethpage, Twombly has worked before for the GOP. After Democratic Oyster Bay Town Clerk Martha Offerman lost her bid for re-election in 2003, Twombly, who had been her deputy, said Republican Town Supervisor John Venditto kept him on at the town for more than a year. He left to take a higher paying job with Democrats at the Board of Elections.
“I like to think I’m a professional,” Twombly said. “I have decent relationships with people in both camps.”
Twombly is the third employee of the former Democratic legislative majority hired by Republican Mangano. Roseann D’Alleva, former finance director for Democratic legislators, is a $120,000-a-year deputy director in Mangano’s budget office. Fran Evans, a former press secretary and chief of staff to former Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), was hired this spring as a part-time press aide earning up to $30,000 annually.