New Lindenhurst Mayor Michael Lavorata said longtime village clerk-treasurer Shawn Cullinane will retire at Monday night’s reorganization meeting but will stay on as a consultant on several projects.
Lavorata called the decision “mutual” and said details of Cullinane’s consulting work have yet to be worked out. Cullinane, 63, who has worked for the village for 29 years, will be replaced by his deputy Douglas Madlon.
Cullinane, who has served five mayors and makes $112,000 year, declined to comment Friday on what will happen at the meeting.
“I’ve been proud to serve as part of a strong family team and I expect to continue to working hard for the Village of Lindenhurst,” he said.
Lavorata, formerly a village trustee, was appointed mayor in February when Tom Brennan retired, but does not face election until next March. The village board will make appointments to about a dozen posts including clerk-treasurer at their annual organization meeting.
Several local political sources say Lavorata was upset that Cullinane said he might be interested in the mayor’s job before Lavorata decided to take it
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman and Babylon Town supervisor, clashed with Cullinane last year over his last-minute candidacy against Assemb. Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wyandanch) and Cullinane’s effort to gather petitions for a referendum to create council districts in Babylon.
Democrats also sent a letter to the village board questioning whether Cullinane, who is in charge of village elections, was involved in improperly witnessing petition signatures. Cullinane has denied the assertion.