Long-time Republican state Senate aide Gordon Canary, the newest trustee of Suffolk County Community College, attended his first meeting last week.
What makes Canary’s appointment to the unpaid post unusual is it comes from Demcoratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I think it's a sign of how well regarded Gordon is on both sides of the aisle,” said his current boss, GOP State Sen. Philip Boyle.
Canary, 58, has had a public career that spans more than three decades both as an aide in the county legislature and Babylon Town to late Presiding Officer and Town Supervisor Anthony Noto. Before working as district director for Boyle, he was also long-time aide to his predecessor, Sen. Owen Johnson.
Canary replaces Walter Hazlitt, 88, former Brookhaven GOP chairman and also a former county lawmaker and executive director of the Suffolk Water Authority, who served as a college trustee for 16 years.