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Steve Bellone hires two more Cuomo staffers

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has hired two

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has hired two more staffers from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration. Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

ALBANY — Two more staffers from the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have signed on with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, including Lisa Black of Smithtown, who will act as Bellone’s chief of staff.

Stephanie Rosen, a project manager for Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency, will become Bellone’s executive assistant for inter-municipal services and grant writing.

Bellone, a Democrat, has hired four former Cuomo staffers since April.

Black has worked for Cuomo, a Democrat, and for the state Senate’s Republican majority. Most recently, she has done public affairs work for Cuomo as he has sought to make improvements to the Long Island Rail Road.

Black will be paid $163,699, the same amount as her predecessor; Rosen will be paid $78,718, Bellone spokesman Jason Elan said.

“Talented, tested, accomplished — Lisa Black is one of the most respected public policy professionals across party lines,” Bellone said.

In April, Bellone hired former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman as a top aide. Kaiman was appointed by Cuomo in 2013 as storm recovery czar for Long Island after superstorm Sandy under the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

In March, Bellone hired Elan, a Long Island native, as his communications director. Elan had served as Cuomo’s deputy communications director for public safety.

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