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Former real estate sales agent gets Islip position

Islip Town Hall West building in 2011. The

Islip Town Hall West building in 2011. The town is getting a new assistant director of economic development. Credit: Erin Geismar

A commercial sales agent with a local Long Island development firm has been hired by the Town of Islip as its assistant town director of economic development.

John Walser worked for the Smithtown-based Island Associates Real Estate since 2011, where he developed marketing solutions and sales and leases of commercial real estate, including shopping centers, office, industrial and multifamily properties, according to a resume provided by the town to Newsday.

He was appointed by Bill Mannix, director of Islip's Department of Economic Development in early March, said Inez Birbiglia, town spokeswoman. Upon taking his post on March 10, he no longer works at Island Associates, Birbiglia said.

Considered management, Walser -- whose job duties include developing leads and business retention -- is a nonunion employee and was hired at an annual salary of $80,000, Birbiglia said.

Walser earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Union College in upstate Schenectady, according to the resume. He has held positions at various firms as a marketing director, floor broker, municipal bond broker and institutional sales trader.

There is a pending zone change application from Walser's former employer, but a town spokeswoman says it is not a conflict.

It was made under 301 West Main Street LLC by Roger Delisle, a broker with Island Associates, on March 5 for the controversial Bolla Oil project on Main Street in Bay Shore. The project is awaiting a public hearing by the town planning board on May 8 before it will go to a full town board vote. "Bolla is not an economic development project. He's not in planning where that is being handled," Birbiglia said. "I don't believe it's a conflict."Delisle, who is handling the Bolla proposal, did not return phone and email requests for comment. Walser and Mannix also did not respond to requests for comment through the town's public information office.

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