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New Sen. Boyle has a party trifecta on staff

New State Sen. Philip Boyle has made it a political trifecta.

Having already put the relatives of two party leaders on his payroll, Boyle has now hired Patricia Walsh, wife of Suffolk Conservative chairman Edward Walsh as a $50,000 a year case worker.

Boyle said that Walsh is “exceptionally well qualified” because she worked as a cardiac nurse for 23 years and will concentrate on health issues. “She was a patient advocate and that’s what shell be doing for us,” he said.

Already on Boyle’s staff is Claudia Tantone, wife of Islip GOP chairman Frank Tantone who is Boyle’s $70,000 a year district director. She has earlier worked for Boyle when he was an Assemblyman. He also hired John MacKay, son of state and Suffolk Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay, who works as a part-time $10,000 a year aide.

Even when Boyle goes home, he can’t escape party leaders — his wife Victoria Ryan has just become the Islip Independence Party chairwoman.

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