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Mangano hires Democrats' former budget director

Nassau's new County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, has hired the former Democratic legislative majority's budget director to help handle the county's finances.

Roseann D'Alleva, who has advised Democrats on budget issues for years, began work this week as part of Mangano's financial team under Deputy County Executive Tim Sullivan, said Mangano spokesman Michael Martino.

"She has an impeccable reputation and an irreplaceable institutional knowledge," Martino said.

Mangano campaigned saying - unlike his Democratic predecessor Thomas Suozzi - he would hire Nassau residents.

Although D'Alleva lives in Suffolk, Martino said her residency was not an issue because she already was a county employee and "was the best person for the position."

D'Alleva, who had earned $108,000 on the Democratic payroll, will earn $112,500 as Mangano's deputy budget director, Martino said.

Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa), the legislature's new presiding officer, was surprised to hear of D'Alleva's hiring. "For the first time, he said he was at a loss for words," said Schmitt's spokeswoman Cristina Brennan.

D'Alleva had been working in Suozzi's budget office when then-Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) hired her in March 2006. D'Alleva abruptly left the Democrats' legislative payroll Friday after, several county officials say, it became known that she had been talking to Sullivan.

"I can confirm that there is a letter by [Minority Leader] Diane Yatauro saying that Rosanne D'Alleva was terminated at the close of business Friday," Legislative Clerk William Muller said.

D'Alleva could not be reached for comment.

Yatauro declined to comment except to wish D'Alleva "good luck."

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