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Arthur Gianelli to lead North Hempstead supervisor's transition team

NuHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Gianelli

NuHealth President and Chief Executive Officer Arthur Gianelli talking to the media at a press conference to start a campaign to help uninsured people at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. (Oct. 2, 2013). Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Arthur Gianelli, who resigned suddenly this month from his position as chief executive of the NuHealth system, has been picked to lead the transition team for the new North Hempstead town supervisor.

Judi Bosworth, the Democratic Nassau County legislator who won the race for supervisor this month, issued a statement describing Gianelli as "the ideal person to help lay the foundation for a successful government."

Gianelli, who also ran the transition team for former County Executive Thomas Suozzi, said Monday that Bosworth approached him the day after the Nov. 5 election to ask if he would serve in the unpaid, volunteer post.

"I was more than pleased to say yes," Gianelli said.

He said his goal is to help prepare Bosworth's administration to take control in January.

Part of that preparation will be to screen job applicants, develop an organization chart and get reports from town departments, in addition to briefings for Bosworth on the town's budget, capital plan and collective-bargaining agreements, Gianelli said.

In addition, Justin Meyers, who works in the town's communications department, was named as internal director of Bosworth's transition team.

"Judi will be in a very good place on Jan. 1 -- ready to rock and roll," Gianelli said.

Gianelli worked as director of operations under former supervisor May Newburger from 1997 to 2001. He also served as deputy county executive for finance under Suozzi.

In 2006, Suozzi appointed Gianelli to head what is now NuHealth, which operates Nassau University Medical Center.

Under the terms of his separation agreement, Gianelli can continue at NuHealth for three to six months, he said.

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