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James Callahan, Nassau County Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management, is being kept on — at least for now — by the new administration, and was on hand to help with assistance to Haiti.


“I’m very impressed with the way Jim has prepared Nassau to deal with not only local emergencies, but also he has prepared that office to render assistance to those in need that are beyond our borders,” new County Executive Edward Mangano said Thursday as he stood next to Callahan, a fellow Republican, at a news conference.


“So, I thank you Jim,” Mangano said with a smile.

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Before reading too much into this, consider two other holdovers, Dermot Kelly and Kevin O’Donnell of the Assessment Review Commission.


Kelly and O’Donnell were introduced Tuesday to a panel of private citizens who are studying the tax assessment system for Mangano. They were handed letters of dismissal Thursday evening.

[UPDATE: A further check of voting records shows Kelly is a registered Republican; no voter registration could be found for O'Donnell.]