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New adviser expected for Nassau legislature

Frank Moroney, now chief deputy for Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, is expected to move to the county legislature and become chief adviser and strategist for incoming presiding officer, Legis. Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), according to several Republican officials.

They say Moroney will replace Ed Ward, the late Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt’s chief aide, who is going to work for County Executive Edward Mangano.

Moroney, an lawyer, is the North Hempstead Town Republican leader. He served as executive director of the Charter Revision Commission, which created the county legislature, and was director of its first redistricting commission. He is now chairman of the current redistricting commission, which will recommend new lines for legislative elections next year. Earlier in his career, he worked for the state senate and was a member of the North Hempstead Town Board. He briefly served as clerk of the county legislature when two Democratic lawmakers and the then- Republican minority attempted unsuccessfully in 2006 to oust Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) as presiding officer.

Moroney declined comment.
 

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