Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has named six top deputies, including a former New York City budget director, an assistant state attorney general and an assistant county police commissioner.
Curran, a Baldwin Democrat who took office Jan. 1, also will appoint Jared Kasschau, a partner in the law firm of Harris Beach, as county attorney. Curran’s transition team is chaired by Thomas Garry, vice chairman of the Nassau Democratic Committee and a managing partner at Harris Beach.
“County Executive-Elect Curran made it clear: her administration will be transparent and accountable to the taxpayers,” said Kasschau of Rockville Centre, who said he plans to move legal work that has been outsourced to private firms back in-house.
Kasschau has stepped down as president of the Rockville Centre Democratic Club and is resigning as Democratic committeeman. Harris Beach will not seek legal contracts from Nassau, Garry said.
“Harris Beach PLLC will not respond to the county attorney’s anticipated [request for proposals] for legal services,” Garry said.
Curran said her team members “all have proven track records of getting things done in their respective fields and I know they will serve our county with honor and distinction.”
John Chiara of Garden City, an assistant state attorney general and member of the U.S. Army Reserve, will be Curran’s deputy county executive for compliance, tasked with enforcing new ethics and procurement reform policies.
Chiara, special counsel to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Public Integrity Bureau, said he will “end the pervasive culture of corruption that has squandered millions of taxpayer dollars” and ensure “there is one set of rules for everyone.”
Mark Page of Brooklyn, former director of the city’s Office of Management and Budget under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be deputy county executive for finance.
The selection of Page could lead to smoother relations with the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state oversight board in control of the county’s finances. Since 2015, Page has been a paid NIFA consultant, advising the board on budget issues.
Page said his top priority “is getting our finances in order and getting out of a NIFA control period.”
NIFA Chairman Adam Barsky said Page’s “experience and integrity will prove a valuable asset to the county.”
Curran named two holdovers from the administration of outgoing County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican.
Tatum Fox of South Hempstead, assistant Nassau Police commissioner of legal affairs and compliance, will be deputy county executive for public safety. Fox previously served as legal counsel to Acting Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and as a deputy bureau chief in the county attorney’s Office.
Brian Schneider, assistant to the deputy commissioner of public works, will be deputy county executive for parks and public works. Schneider, of Merrick, has 35 years of experience in the county’s public works and parks departments.
Kyle Rose-Louder, deputy executive assistant district attorney for intergovernmental and community relations at the Nassau district attorney’s office, will be deputy county executive for health and human services. Rose-Louder, of Freeport, is the former chief of the district attorney’s Special Victims Bureau.
Evlyn Tsimis of Manhasset, a lobbyist and vice president of regulatory and government affairs at Altice USA, will be deputy county executive for economic development, focused on housing, transit and retail projects and attracting new businesses to the region. Altice USA owns 25 percent of Newsday Media Group.
“It looks like County Executive-Elect Curran will be ready on day one to lead with this outstanding list of deputies,” said Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport).
Frank Moroney, spokesman for the GOP legislative majority, said Republicans “look forward to working with County Executive-elect Laura Curran’s team.”
Page will earn a salary of $180,000 while the other five deputies will be paid $160,000. Kasschau will be paid $170,000.
Curran previously announced former Long Island Rail Road president Helena Williams as her chief deputy county executive.
New appointees by Nassau County Executive-elect Laura Curran:
- Jared Kasschau of Rockville Centre is a partner in the law firm of Harris Beach. He will become Nassau County attorney.
- John Chiara of Garden City is an assistant state attorney general and special counsel to the attorney general’s Public Integrity Bureau. He will be deputy county executive for compliance.
- Mark Page of Brooklyn is the former director of New York City’s Office of Management and Budget. He will be deputy county executive for finance.
- Tatum Fox of South Hempstead is an assistant Nassau County Police commissioner. She will be deputy county executive for public safety.
- Brian Schneider of Merrick is the assistant to the deputy commissioner of Nassau’s Public Works Department. He will be deputy county executive for parks and public works.
- Kyle Rose-Louder of Freeport is a deputy executive assistant Nassau district attorney. She will be deputy county executive for health and human services.
- Evlyn Tsimis of Manhasset is vice president of regulatory and government affairs at Altice USA, which owns 25 percent of Newsday Media Group. She will be deputy county executive for economic development.