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Brookhaven supervisor makes changes among top aides

Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko Thursday announced more changes among top town officials, including the replacement of two high-ranking deputies and the town's top legislative aide.

The latest changes include replacing public safety commissioner Anthony Gallino, deputy planning commissioner William Rogers and chief legislative aide Frank Tassone.

Robert Sievers, a former Suffolk County detective lieutenant, will replace Gallino and make $99,000 per year, Lesko said. Inez Birbiglia, who served as public information officer under former Supervisor John J. LaValle, will take over for Rogers and make $85,000, he said. Legislative aide Stacey Duerr will replace Tassone and make $80,000, Lesko said.

Tassone will remain with the town in "a significant role," Lesko said. It has not been determined whether Rogers and Gallino will stay with Brookhaven, he said.

Lesko, who hired several new officials and fired the town's attorney and public information officer earlier this month, touted the new appointments as "bipartisan."

The Democrat, who was elected to his first full term last year, noted Birbiglia served under the Republican LaValle. Two former GOP county legislators, building commissioner Martin Haley and deputy public safety commissioner Peter O'Leary, will remain in their current positions, Lesko added.

"It does not matter to me what party you are a member of," Lesko said.

Town Republicans have privately accused Lesko of favoring Democratic town officials. His last round of appointments included former Democratic Legis. Brian Beedenbender as his chief of staff.

The latest moves will be made official at a town board meeting on Tuesday night, Lesko said.

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