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New State Sen. Philip Boyle now has relatives of two party leaders on his payroll.

John MacKay, son of  state Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay, has joined Boyle's staff as a $10,000 a year part-time district representative. “He plans to work very diligently and is very excited about it,” said his father, who said his son is also attending community college.

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Already on Boyle’s payroll is Claudia Tantone, wife of the Islip GOP chairman Frank Tantone, who is the senator's deputy chief of staff at $70,300 a year. She had also worked for Boyle when he was in the state Assembly.

Boyle’s wife, Victoria Ryan, an Independence Party member, has a $60,000 public relations contract with the Town of Islip.