Ex-North Hempstead spokesperson Devine hired by Town of Hempstead

Ex-North Hempstead spokesperson Devine hired by Town of Hempstead
The Town of Hempstead's town hall building. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Brian Devine, the former spokesperson for defeated congressional candidate Mazi Pilip and North Hempstead communications director under Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, was hired by the Town of Hempstead as its newest spokesperson.

Devine is replacing the former spokesperson, Greg Blower, who resigned to assume the town’s role of deputy commissioner in the Department of Planning and Economic Development. Blower began the town’s spokesperson position in 2020.

The Town of Hempstead voted on March 12 to temporarily appoint Devine to the director of communications position for the Department of General Services and Administration. The retroactive start date for the position was March 1.

He is paid an annual salary of $140,000 for the Hempstead position.

Four days after his official start date at the Town of Hempstead, Devine’s resignation from the Town of North Hempstead was approved by the town board at its March 5 meeting. His resignation from the position of director of legislative affairs for the supervisor’s office was retroactive to Feb. 29, one day before he began working for the Town of Hempstead.

The full-time position at the Town of North Hempstead paid Devine an annual salary of $104,500.

Devine worked for the Town of North Hempstead’s communications team under DeSena beginning in 2022.

He took a leave of absence from his North Hempstead position on Jan. 3 to serve as Pilip’s spokesperson for her congressional bid in the special election to replace ousted representative George Santos. Pilip, a Republican, lost in February to her Democratic challenger, now Rep. Tom Suozzi.

Prior to his work at the Town of North Hempstead, Devine worked in the communications office for the Town of Oyster Bay from 2009 until 2022.

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