Islip to consider consultant for MacArthur

A Boeing 737 jets lands at MacArthur Airport. A Boeing 737 jets lands at MacArthur Airport. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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The Islip Town Board is scheduled at its meeting Tuesday to consider a proposed $30,000 contract for a Midwest aviation consultant for public relations at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

The proposed contract with Indianapolis-based Vasey Aviation Group LLC, which according to its website has an office in Manhattan, would pay $5,000 monthly for six months.

Airport Commissioner Robert Schaefer said he considered four candidates, but chose Vasey president Andrew Vasey, whom he's known since at least 2006 when Vasey, he said, consulted for Southwest Airlines.

Schaefer said Vasey has experience with the Federal Aviation Administration and would be tasked with many projects, including luring a new air traffic radar facility to the airport. He proposed the six-month contract -- instead of the yearlong $60,000 contract awarded to a previous company -- to "try out" Vasey.

"If we don't like him, we can do something else," said Schaefer, who could not immediately provide a copy of Vasey's resume. "I needed like a jack-of-all-trades type of guy. He fits the bill."

Vasey could not be reached Monday to comment. A phone number with a Long Island area code listed on the company's website was not in service. No one answered at the company's Indianapolis headquarters; phone numbers for four other offices, including San Francisco and Denver, were disconnected.

Town board members Trish Bergin Weichbrodt and John C. Cochrane Jr. did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The move for a new consultant comes after Victoria Ryan, wife of state Sen. Phil Boyle, left the post in February after a month to head the Islip Independence Party.

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