Steve Labriola, a former GOP state assemblyman and Oyster Bay Town clerk, has formed a campaign committee to run for Nassau County comptroller, according to Board of Election filings.
GOP sources have said Labriola, a Massapequa Park resident who previously served as chief deputy comptroller, is likely to secure the Republican nomination.
Labriola, the $172,845-a-year chief compliance officer in Nassau’s Office of Management and Budget, was unavailable for comment, according to a county spokesman.
Nassau Legis. Howard Kopel (R-Lawrence) also has formed a committee to run for Nassau comptroller.
Matthew Fernando, a spokesman for the Nassau Republican legislative majority, said Kopel was still mulling his options.
Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman is the Democratic pick for comptroller.
Labriola represented the 12th Assembly District from 1997 through 2003, when he departed midterm to run for Oyster Bay town clerk. He served as clerk from 2004 to 2013.
In February 2013, Labriola resigned to become Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ chief deputy. Maragos was a Republican at the time, but last year became a Democrat to run for Nassau County executive this November.
Labriola and Maragos had a falling-out in 2015, stemming from the comptroller’s delays in approving a $9.5 million contract with A.L.A.C. Contracting Corp of West Babylon to rebuild West Shore Road in Mill Neck, which was battered in superstorm Sandy. One of the company’s principals was Labriola’s brother, Anthony.
A spokesman for A.L.A.C. accused Maragos of interfering in the contract approval process. Maragos’ office denied the assertion and said the review took longer than expected.
Only two weeks after the dust-up, Labriola left Maragos’ office to become the county’s chief compliance officer.
In an interview Friday, Labriola said he had recused himself from all actions related to A.L.A.C. and said the contract dispute was “unrelated” to his departure from the comptroller’s office.
“The comptroller and I just have very different management styles,” Labriola said.