Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has once again reached well outside the county to hire a six-figure aide.
Brian Nevin of Albany, who has moved back to his native Merrick, was hired March 23rd as senior policy advisor\communications director at a salary of $139,000, according to Mangano’s press secretary, Michael Martino.
Although Mangano had promised to hire locally, Nevin marked his second big-time hire of an Albany veteran. The other was John Ciampoli, the bare-knuckled GOP election lawyer from Kinderhook, just outside Albany, who became county attorney.
Nevin had worked on James Tedisco's Congressional campaign upstate, and had been director of operations for the Republicans in the State Assembly.
\[Very political aside: some Democrats saw the hire as another indication of the power of Rob Walker, the chief deputy county executive to Mangano and former state Assembly member from Hicksville until the first of the year.\]
Asked how he could once again go outside the county to hire, Mangano issued the following statement:
“Nassau County has lost some of the best and brightest due to the high cost of living. We're helping reverse that brain drain by bringing people back.
Brian Nevin grew up here in Nassau County where he lived for 22 years attending local schools. His return to Merrick is welcoming news.
Unlike other personnel who were hired by the previous administration and resided outside Nassau County, Brian Nevin resides right here in the county.”