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Islip Town set to approve parks appointee

Islip Town Board will vote at its Jan. 31 meeting to formally appoint Joseph Montuori, former Suffolk County commissioner of parks and Conservative Party activist, as town parks commissioner, over incumbent parks Commissioner Greg Dawson, Town Supervisor Tom Croci confirmed Friday.

A retired state parks superintendent, Montuori made  $30,000 a year under state law while working for the county because he was already receiving a state pension, and Croci said the town hopes to pay the same.

Dawson, 50, a 16-year veteran of the New York City Parks Department, was appointed 11 years ago under a prior Republican administration.

Croci said Dawson would remain on as a deputy parks commissioner and be paid around $80,000, a cut from his current $103,000 salary.

Islip parks deputy George Hafele will remain in his role but also take a pay cut of around $5,000 to $6,000 from his $65,000 salary under the former administration, as the town works to trim salary costs of all managerial staff — part of efforts to address a structural deficit estimated at around $10 million.

Montuori, a close ally of Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman Ed Walsh, was appointed to the county post as part of a Conservative-Republican deal when former County Executive Steve Levy switched his party registration to run for governor in 2010.



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