New NIFA member appointed

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A former member of Nassau’s financial control board is now its newest member.

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state fiscal oversight board that took control of the county finances in 2011, received official notification from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last Friday that he had appointed Republican Paul Leventhal, a Roslyn CPA, on the recommendation of State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos. Leventhal replaces outspoken Conservative George Marlin, whose term ended Dec. 31.

Marlin had been appointed in 2010 by former Gov. David A. Paterson to replace Leventhal.

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NIFA member Chris Wright, a Democrat, said in an emailed statement: “The NIFA board and Nassau County have benefited greatly from George Marlin's extensive finance expertise, his thoughtful approach to issues and his articulate advocacy for what needs to be done -- and avoided -- to balance the County's books.”

Wright added, “Although we don't have a common political background, the ‘numbers’ have a way of uniting this board, and I have enjoyed working and serving with Mr. Marlin these past four years. His presence will be missed as we move ahead, and I will continue to value his input.”

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