Suffolk Leg. panel to search for Tonna successor at IDA

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With former Presiding Officer Paul Tonna departing Sept. 1 as Suffolk Industrial Development Agency chairman, Legis. DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), majority leader and budget committee chairman, said he will soon form a five-member committee to fill the unpaid slot in the next week or two.

While the Legislature appoints IDA members, Tonna, who joined the agency in February, was installed at the prodding of County Executive Steve Bellone formally said he plans to leave because he’s had to recuse himself on a number of votes. His exit comes after he wrote a confidential memo, which became public, blasting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his LIPA reform deal.

“We want to make sure we preserve our right to put int a replacement,” said Gregory. He said he expects a “thoughtful and timely process to find a replacement,” but that Bellone “is welcome to submit any recommendation.”

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