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Former Nassau County attorney lands State Senate job

Former Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli has landed on the State Senate payroll — a not unexpected move since he served as elections lawyer for the Republican-controlled Senate before taking the Nassau job four years ago.

Ciampoli said he resigned all county positions as of 5 p.m. Thursday and immediately began working as counsel to legislative services in the State Senate. He will earn $155,000 compared to the $142,000 he was earning from Nassau County.

“This was a seamless changeover,” Ciampoli said.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, after winning re-election last month, abruptly terminated Ciampoli as county attorney, replacing him with former family court judge and Parks Commissioner Carnell Foskey.

Though Mangano did not give a reason for replacing Ciampoli, political insiders said the county attorney often ran afoul of Mangano’s chief deputy, Rob Walker.

Ciampoli continued to be carried on the county's Housing Department payroll. “What I’m trying to do is burn some comp time and arrange for a smooth transition,” he said when asked last month about his move to housing. He also is representing the Republican candidate in an unresolved Brookhaven town council race.

In his new job, Ciampoli said, “The arrangement is that I am a resource for the majority conference.”

He said he will be advising Majority Co-Chairman Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) “on Long Island and Nassau County issues and issues involving the voting process and the judiciary. I’ll be working intensely with members of the conference to help develop their legislative programs and constituent service programs.”

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