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Oyster Bay Town board member Elizabeth Faughnan resigns

Elizabeth Faughnan, a Republican, was a Town of

Elizabeth Faughnan, a Republican, was a Town of Oyster Bay councilwoman. (June 26, 2009) Credit: Newsday/Howard Schnapp

Oyster Bay Town board member Elizabeth Faughnan has resigned after seven years to take a position at the corporation that runs Nassau University Medical Center.

Faughnan, 44, a Locust Valley resident who is a lawyer and one of two women on the seven-member board, began work at the NuHealth System on March 25. She will be paid $160,000 as deputy executive director.

As a part-time town board member her salary was $57,500.

After she ran unsuccessfully for the Nassau County Legislature in 2007, Faughnan was hired by the Nassau County Board of Elections in 2008 as a $50,000 full-time administrative assistant in charge of efforts to comply with the Help America Vote Act. She held that position as well until taking the new job.

Shelley Lotenberg, spokeswoman for NuHealth System, a public benefit corporation that owns the East Meadow hospital, the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in Uniondale and five health centers, said, "Faughnan is an accomplished attorney who will bring significant private and public sector experience to NuHealth to support either our real estate development program or our labor relations efforts."

She said Faughnan would not be available for comment.

Faughnan was elected to the town board in 2005 and 2009. Her term ran until the end of this year. The vacancy created by her resignation will be filled by the town board. The customary practice in the Republican-controlled town is for the appointed replacement to then run as an incumbent in the next regular election.

Besides filling Faughnan's seat, the board still has to replace Town Clerk Steven Labriola, who resigned in February to become the $167,000 chief of staff for county Comptroller George Maragos.

Before her election to the town board, Faughnan was a deputy prosecuting attorney for the village of North Hills for more than eight years. She was a member of the town Landmarks Preservation Commission for nine years.

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