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Islip: New board member seeks new legislative aide

Only three months into her new job, Islip’s town board member Trish Bergin is looking to replace her $50,000 a year legislative aide Victoria Ryan, wife of Assemb. Philip Boyle (R-Islip).

Word of Ryan’s departure surfaced last week when a lengthy notice for the legislative aide job was put up on the town’s Web site.

Bergin, new to politics, said that Ryan, a long time friend, only joined her staff “as a personal favor to help get me on her feet,” and will leave next Friday. Ryan had earlier worked 18 months as the $75,000 a year head of Islip’s foreign trade zone, but left last fall.

Bergin said she’s interviewed eight people last Friday and sent out a notice to the 40 laid off workers to see if they want to apply. She added the town GOP has been “hands off” on filling the job.

Supervisor Philip Nolan said Bergin, who early his year pressed the town fill all openings with layoff victims, but then hired politically connected Ryan, should “follow her own position and hire someone from the list.”

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