Nassau budget director leaving

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Nassau’s budget director Eric Naughton is resigning to take a job as budget director for Pinellas County, Fla., which is part of the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area.

Naughton, a former deputy county executive for finance under Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy and, before that, director of the Nassau legislature’s independent Budget Review office, starts his new job Oct. 22 — before the $2.8 billion budget he put together for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is approved by the legislature.

Although Naughton made his official announcement Monday, his bosses knew much earlier that he would be leaving, he said.

"I agreed to put together a very good budget with minimal risks,” Naughton said.

Nassau Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), who was presiding officer when county lawmakers appointed Naughton to the budget review job, said, “He is a person that I have the greatest respect for. I could always count on him for a true assessment on any budgetary situation that would come before us. I am sure Florida will be the beneficiary of somebody like Eric Naughton. He is a great guy.”

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