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Jennifer DiSomma leaves Suffolk elections board after five months

Suffolk Democrats’ lone Conservative appointee at the county Board of Elections, Jennifer DiSomma, exited her job Friday after less than five months.

DiSomma, daughter of Babylon’s $86,000-a-year Conservative Tax Receiver Corinne DiSomma, left the $45,994-a-year job as an assistant elections clerk. Her appointment — the first of its kind at the board — highlighted Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer’s attempt to improve ties to the minor party while increasing the strains between Conservatives and the county Republicans.

Schaffer said he has spoken to Suffolk Off Track Betting Corp. President Philip Nolan about finding DiSomma a job at the agency.

Schaffer came under fire for being too cozy with Conservatives earlier this year when he remained neutral in the special election race between Democratic Assemb. Christine Pellegrino and Conservative Tom Gargiulo, who works part-time for Babylon Town.

Schaffer said his recommendation to hire DiSomma at the elections board was “personal, not political.” He said he has known DiSomma since she was a child, and knew “she would be responsible in the job.”

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