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Some shifts in top positions in Nassau County government: meaning unclear.


But it marks the second time in the past few months that a top aide to new Republican Comptroller George Maragos has jumped to the new administration of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano.


Deputy Comptroller John Mastromarino, a Town of Hempstead Republican, became county treasurer last week, Mangano aides said. The current treasurer, Steve Conklin, became head of debt management.

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Mastromarino had been comptroller for the Town of Hempstead for 15 years before joining the Maragos staff in January.


In May, Aline Khatchadourian, the deputy comptroller for audits, joined the Mangano staff after Maragos hired Joy Watson for her job. Watson, a Hempstead Republican and former county prosecutor, ran against Democratic DA Kathleen Rice last year.


What’s it mean? “With six months into office, the county executive continues to make improvements to the organization,” a spokesman said.


Some Democrats said, not surprisingly, that it reflected an effort by Team Mangano, with its roots in Republican Oyster Bay, to solidify relations with Republican Hempstead.