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Oyster Bay Town Clerk Steven Labriola, a former state assemblyman, is expected to resign his $114,000 elected town job this week and start a new appointed position as Nassau Comptroller George Maragos’ $167,000-a-year chief deputy.
Republican Labriola, 50, who is in his fifth term, said he had accomplished his goal of modernizing the clerk’s office and was looking for a new challenge when the county job opened up. Maragos’ former chief deputy, Frank Moroney, recently took a top job with the Nassau legislature.
“In politics, you have to roll the dice and be bold when the opportunities arise,” Labriola said. He added that he looked forward to working with Maragos, whom he described as “one of the most honest and decent men in public service.”
Labriola, who has $197,000 in his campaign coffers, had hoped to run for Oyster Bay supervisor this fall if longtime incumbent John Venditto stepped down. But Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello recently told party loyalists at a GOP breakfast that Venditto and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray will seek re-election this year.
“I’m not ruling out political office for the future,” Labriola said. “I don’t know which way I’ll go. It’s all luck and timing.”