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Ex-Suffolk aide to be Nassau budget chief

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has hired a former Suffolk finance official as his new budget director.

Eric Naughton, deputy county executive for finance under former Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, starts Friday in his new $140,000 job, Nassau officials said.

Naughton, who was earning $167,704 in Suffolk, is a former director of the Nassau legislature's nonpartisan Independent Budget Review office.

He replaces budget director Jeff Nogid, a holdover from the former administration of Democrat Thomas Suozzi, who is leaving Nassau to become controller in Long Beach under the city's newly elected Democratic leadership, officials said.

"Eric's experience and wealth of knowledge regarding county finances will surely benefit the residents of Nassau County," Mangano said in a statement.

Said Naughton: "I'm looking forward to working with County Executive Ed Mangano . . . I know he has been working hard for the taxpayers of Nassau County and I look forward to serving him in any role possible to help him fulfill his mission."

Naughton started in Nassau in 1996 as a deputy to then-Legislative Budget Review Director Tim Sullivan, now Mangano's deputy county executive for finance.

Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury), who was presiding officer when county lawmakers appointed Naughton to replace a departing Sullivan a decade ago, said, "In all my years on the legislature, I haven't met a finer person of integrity and knowledge and honesty. I have no doubt that working with Tim, they will bring these traits to the finance office."

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