The Oyster Bay Town Board on Tuesday appointed Brian Nevin, a top aide to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, as the town’s new public information officer.
The 6-1 vote came after a town board member objected to the appointment, calling Nevin a “Republican operative” who does not live in the town and should not be paid the $163,000 salary when the town is facing severe budget problems.
“It would be cheaper to contract a firm” for the position, said Councilman Anthony Macagnone, the sole board member to vote against Nevin’s appointment.
The vote came after the board went into executive session to discuss Nevin’s resume and qualifications. Macagnone had objected to how board members were not given Nevin’s resume before the meeting.
Macagnone asked why no one currently in town government could be promoted to public information officer, a position Saladino said has been vacant for a few years.
Two town employees regularly interact with the media and perform public information functions: Marta Kane, director of community relations, and Brian Devine, research assistant in the public information office.
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