Lisa Murphy, the married daughter of former Republican U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, will head a newly created Nassau Human Services department, which consolidates the departments of Mental Health and Senior Citizens Affairs with the Office of Physically Challenged and the county Youth Board.
County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, nominated the mother of seven to be the department's $105,000-a-year commissioner last week. The department's four divisions will continue to have separate directors that must hold state-required qualifications. There are no state-mandated qualifications for Murphy’s new title, Chief Deputy Rob Walker said.
Nassau officials say the consolidation will save $750,000 annually in salaries.
Mangano hired Murphy a year ago to be the $80,000-a-year deputy commissioner of senior citizens affairs and credits her with implementing cost-savings. Previously, Murphy had worked part-time at a Manhattan insurance agency and at D’Amato Insurance in Rockville Centre while volunteering for the Republican Party and Sacred Heart Church in Island Park.