Nassau Democratic spokesman to take private sector position

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Michael Florio, spokesman for Nassau County Democratic legislators, is heading to the private sector.

Florio said Thursday he will be leaving his government post at the end of next week to become head of operations for Savenergy, a Garden City energy efficiency company.

“It’s the best thing for me and my family at this time,” Florio said. “I look forward to the next challenge in my career. It’s a good company and an interesting and expanding industry.”

Florio, 34, started in government as a special assistant to former Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi, served as finance director for former Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) and, after a short stint in private public relations, became communications director for the Democrats when Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) became minority leader. “I still hope to be involved,” Florio said. “I still have a passion for politics. I’d like to be involved from the periphery.”

Abrahams praised Florio's work. "Mike was a tremendous asset to the legislature, He brought energy to the press,...He will be truly missed. We wish him the best."

Abrahams added that no successor has been chosen as yet. "Now we're in the process of screening candidate. Hopefully we will be able to make a decision relatively soon."

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