Suffolk: Manetta to leave as IDA consultant next month

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Suffolks economic czar Joanne Mineri said former $155,000 a year Industrial Development Agency executive director Anthony Manetta expects to leave his $10,000-a-month consultant post in June, but gave lawmakers no timetable for how or when hell be replaced. She told lawmakers the IDA board, which she chairs, has to consider factors including the role it wants a director to play.

What makes Mineris comments curious is the consulting contract with Manetta charged him with training his replacement. Manetta, who made $155,000 as IDA executive director, said he is ending the contract because three months is long enough to train existing staff and he can meet for free with a new executive director to ease the transition.

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Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Stony Brook) expressed concern about any delay. I dont see any good reason to wait to hire someone, she said. Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) said the county should not have politics in the next IDA appointment.

Gregorys comments allude to speculation that a close Bellone ally, Babylon IDA executive director Robert Stricoff, who's also Babylon Town Democratic chair, might be in line for the post. Mineri declined to comment about whether Stricoff might be considered for the job.

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