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Disability waiver may come into play for Huntington position

Patrick Nolan, son of Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. president Philip Nolan, is being considered for a competitive civil service job as a Huntington bay constable that could pay as much as $78,500 a year under a state disability waiver which could bypass test results.

A.J. Carter, town spokesman, said Nolan has been interviewed for the constable job but declined to comment on qualifications of any candidate since no hiring decision has been made. Normally, a municipality can choose among the top three scorers on the civil service exam who are interested in the job.

Civil service officials say that Nolan passed the test, his score placed him 45th on the countywide competitive list, and he moved up to 11th place by moving into Huntington. But he also has a state waiver, under Section 55 of Civil Service Law, arising from a head injury as a youth which permits the town to make the post non-competitive and hire him irrespective of test score. The elder Nolan and his son declined comment.

Nolan, who once ran a losing race for county legislator, is now a $65,354 a year dispatcher for the town bus system known as HART and has worked for the town in various positions since 2001.

The constable job also requires a pistol permit and if the candidate does not have training, the town reserves a place in the required police firearms training class.

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