Towle out as Suffolk union spokesman

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Ex-Suffolk Legis. Fred Towle has been ousted as spokesman for the Association of Municipal Employees, the largest county union. The 8,500-member union’s executive board voted last week to let Towle go as part of a “restructuring,” AME consultant David Greene said.

Towle, a Shirley Republican convicted in 2003 of bribe-taking and misspending campaign funds, was paid $54,000 a year. He often spoke harshly of Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, but with AME’s contract just expired, the union begins negotiations with his office for a new pact.

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“The union is moving in a totally new direction, and his style didn’t fit with our new direction,” Greene said.

AME president Dan Farrell called Towle — who couldn’t be reached — “a mainstay” of the union leadership that took over last July. “We wish him all the best,” Farrell  said.

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