Islip’s former planning commissioner Gene Murphy is returning to the town workforce two days a week to help out in the planning department.
The award-winning planner, who started with the town in 1975 and is widely credited with many of Islip’s planning success stories, is being retained as a consultant, Supervisor Tom Croci confirmed Wednesday.
Murphy was one of more than a dozen Islip town employees who received letters in the last week of December advising them that their services would not be needed after Jan. 1.
Murphy was fired by Croci from his $30,000 part-time job as a planner in the first days of the new administration earlier this month. But after the move prompted public expressions of concern by Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce president Donna Periconi and others, Croci told his first town board meeting that planning commissioner Dave Genaway would have discretion to rehire Murphy if there was room in the budget.
While Murphy’s contract terms were not available Wednesday, Croci said Genaway’s decision to bring back Murphy “has my support.”
Above: Islip Town Hall