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Suffolk Executive Steve Levy has named his first local Republican to a high-level spot in his office since switching parties to run for governor.

Frank Tassone, who now runs the Brookhaven town airport for $80,000 a year*, will take a $96,900 post as a Levy assistant deputy county executive — working as a liason “to help court” the votes of GOP lawmakers, according to Levy spokesman Dan Aug.

While Tassone works in Brookhaven, he comes from Huntington, and in the past has worked as an aide for former GOP legis. Andrew Crecca, now a judge, and he worked on new Legis. Thomas Muratore’s first losing campaign for the legislature two years ago.

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Legis. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) said Tassone has a “great institutional knowledge of the legislature” and will be a valuable asset for Levy. He also said the move shows people in Levy’s newly adopted party that he is willing to hire “like-minded people.” Tassone is expected to start his new job within several weeks.
 

*Corrected from mention of his previous job