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After firing, state looks to reinstate Troiano

Within three weeks, Robert Troiano of Westbury was sworn in as a part-time Nassau County legislator, lost his day job as director of the Long Island regional office of the State Senate Democratic majority, and may have won a state job back.

The convoluted - although maybe not by Albany standards - political episode was revealed Wednesday when it was reported that Troiano had been fired from his state job.

The Senate Majority Conference released a statement Thursday saying: "Legislator Troiano was terminated as part of a restructuring of our regional offices."

However, allies of Troiano had said during the day yesterday that they had hopes he would be reinstated. Then, shortly before the close of business, the Senate Majority Conference released a statement reading:

"Mr. Troiano's termination is being reviewed and he may be returning to the Senate with a salary and title to be determined. The action was part of a restructuring of operations that resulted in the termination of five other employees."

Austin Shafran, a spokesman for the Democratic Conference Leader, Sen. John Sampson of Brooklyn, declined to say whether Troiano's salary would be more or less than the current $75,000. Troiano makes $39,500 as a Nassau County legislator.

The episode made for lively speculation in the last two days. One report said he was fired because Sampson was taking an indirect shot at State Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington), a Troiano ally, after a dispute between the two men over charter schools.

Johnson declined to comment through his spokesman Thursday. Neither Troiano, nor Jay Jacobs, the chairman of the state and county Democratic parties returned calls.

Troiano had been a member of the town board of North Hempstead and was sworn in Jan. 4 as a county legislator after ousting incumbent Roger Corbin in a Democratic primary and winning the general election easily.

Corbin is awaiting trial on federal tax charges.

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