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Islip Town approves commissioners

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo.

Islip Town Hall in an undated photo. Credit: Erin Geismar

The Islip Town Board on Tuesday formally appointed two new commissioners to head the public safety and the parks and recreation departments.

Gregory Byrne, 53, who last year retired from Suffolk County’s police department after 25 years in law enforcement, replaces Larry O’Leary as head of public safety.

Because Byrne already receives a pension, Town Supervisor Tom Croci said after the meeting, Islip will apply to the state for a waiver to pay Byrne $90,000 — without a waiver, the maximum pay for someone already receiving a public pension is $30,000. If the waiver is granted, Byrne’s pay would represent an $11,000 savings to the town over what O’Leary was paid. Croci said the salary level of Byrne’s new deputy, John Carney, who replaces Bill Napolitano, has yet to be finalized.

The town also will seek a waiver to pay former Suffolk County Parks Commissioner Joseph Montuori, who replaces Greg Dawson as town parks commissioner, more than the $30,000 cap on those receiving public pensions, Croci said. The exact amount the town will pay Montuori, a Conservative Party activist and ally of party county chairman Ed Walsh, also has not been finalized, Croci said. Montuori, another retiree receiving a pension, was paid $30,000 by the county.

Conservatives delivered around 12 percent of the vote to Croci, a Republican, in the Nov. 8 election for supervisor, which he won by 343 votes.

Above: Islip Town Hall

 

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