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More high-level reshuffling starts Bellone's second year

Regina Calcaterra's exit as chief deputy is not the only new year shift in the Bellone administration.

Sammy Chu, county labor commissioner who got high marks for getting the Operation Step program in place during Hurricane Sandy, will add a new title — director of operations — to his reponsibilities. There will be no immediate salary increase.

Chu will be in charge of coordinating interdepartmental operations like the recidivism project and County Executive Steve Bellone's Connect Long Island transit initiative.

Meanwhile Paul Margiotta, who is currenting acting county attorney and acting director of labor relations, will become the full-time head of the county’s new traffic violations bureau which will begin operations April 1. However, Margiotta will continue to be paid the same salary as his current real job title which is chief deputy county attorney. His exit will mean that Bellone will have to name a new county attorney or chief deputy or both as well as new director of labors relations.

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