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Fifth in 17 months

Yet another brave soul has taken over the task of handling communications for Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

Emmanuel Asse is the fifth employee in 17 months to shoulder the responsibility, though so far he hasn’t been all that quick to actually respond to The Point’s inquiries.

Asse got the duty in the wake of communications director Karen Green being let go in late June. Green took the wheel on March 1 after Carla Hall D’Ambra left the office. Before that the communications director was Eleni Manis, who had the gig for a few months in 2016. And before that was Jostyn Hernandez, a long-term spokesman who went to the Town of Hempstead in 2016.

According to his Facebook page and mentions in the media, Asse is a leader in the National Action Network, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization, and of Haitian descent. In fact, his comptroller’s office phone message is given in both English and Creole.

And his ethnicity may be an asset to Asse with Maragos, who is running for Nassau County executive. In addition to trying to switch offices, Maragos switched parties, from Republican to Democratic, in September. He also seems to be looking to switch constituencies, focusing on Nassau’s various minority communities in a way he never did in the past.

According to Asse’s Facebook page, he will act as the “host” of the Nassau County Haitian Candidates forum at 7 Monday night at Eglise Baptiste Salem in Elmont, a forum for all candidates for county executive, comptroller and clerk, including his employer.

Lane Filler

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Election season is upon us, and in Nassau County, that means mailboxes will be awash with partisan political fliers paid for by taxpayers and sent by incumbents under the pretense that the pieces are “informative.” The fliers are often controversial and often entertaining — and often skirt the boundaries of what is legal. So please share the ones you receive with The Point, so we can share them with readers. Please email photos of them to thepoint@newsday.com

Lane Filler

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