The North Hempstead Town board has approved Nick Guariglia as its new deputy town clerk, replacing Concetta Terry, who resigned after the town’s ethics board ruled she had failed to disclose debts.
Guariglia, 31, the deputy chief of staff to Supervisor Judi Bosworth, leaves the supervisor’s office less than a month after her longtime aide and chief of staff, Cindy Cardinal, resigned.
In February, Guariglia, a Democrat, announced a run for the 16th Assembly District, but he dropped out of the race in April. Nassau Democrats last month nominated Tony D’Urso, a former North Hempstead town councilman, to run for the position after Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) said she would not run for another term.
Guariglia’s salary will increase to $91,000 from $87,550 annually. Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio was the only council member to vote against a series of personnel resolutions, including Guariglia’s transfer and Terry’s resignation this week, saying the salary for the position was more than $10,000 higher than Terry’s $80,371 salary.
Supervisor Judi Bosworth in an interview Wednesday said “Nick has been an indispensable member of my senior staff for over two years.”
Bosworth said he would continue to play a role in key town initiatives, efforts for veterans and to find a home for a 9/11 memorial.
“It’s kind of exciting to cross-share some of the resources that he brought to the town supervisor’s office with our town clerk’s office,” Bosworth said.
Bosworth said she is evaluating staffing needs and couldn’t say yet whether the vacancies in her office would be filled.
Concetta Terry is the wife of Gerard Terry, the former North Hempstead Democratic chairman who was arrested April 12 on a felony tax fraud charge. Newsday had reported in January that Terry had compiled nearly $1.4 million in federal and state tax debts, and his contract was not renewed as an outside counselor to the town attorney’s office and as the lawyer for the town’s zoning board of appeals.
The town board on Tuesday also approved paying $5,000 to Gerard Terry at its meeting for his work for the town zoning board in January 2016, before his contract was expected to come up for renewal. The vote passed 6-1, with only De Giorgio voting against the payment.
The town has seen a number of high-level departures in recent months, including the executive and deputy directors of the Solid Waste Management Authority, the commissioner of information technology and telecommunications, and from the purchasing and the comptroller’s offices.