The North Hempstead Town Board has hired a new executive director for its Solid Waste Management Authority, where an employee was arrested in February for allegedly stealing more than $98,000 in cash.
The board, at its May 24 meeting, voted 6-0 to hire Robert Lange at a $145,000 annual salary — $28,000 more than his predecessor was paid.
Lange, of Brooklyn, was most recently director of beneficial reuse planning, infrastructure development and management at the New York City Department of Sanitation’s Bureau of Solid Waste Management.
The former executive director in North Hempstead, Igor Sikiric, and deputy executive director John Peters left the waste management authority on May 1. Sikiric’s departure was listed in town documents as a “separation.” He was paid $116,743 annually. Peters’ departure was considered a “resignation,” according to a town board personnel resolution.
Nassau prosecutors on Feb. 29 charged the agency’s administrative assistant, Helen McCann of Roslyn Heights, with stealing cash fees collected from residents dropping off debris and yard waste. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said at the meeting that Lange “comes with a wealth of experience.”
The town also hired Daniel Guillermo of Melville to replace Frank Prisciandaro, the former commissioner of information technology and telecommunications, who also left on May 1. The departure is listed as a “separation.” Guillermo was manager of Internet technology operations at Jennison Associates in Manhattan.
Guillermo will be paid a $125,000 annual salary. Prisciandaro’s annual salary was $120,235.
“We’re so proud to have done these searches and come up with these outstanding candidates,” Bosworth said.
Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, who voted for hiring Lange and Guillermo, said at the meeting: “They seem very qualified. My only objection is that we’re increasing the salary for both of them.”