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John McNally hired as executive assistant to new Long Beach City Manager


John H. McNally, who had been associate director for the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency for the last five years, has been hired as the executive assistant the new Long Beach City Manager, Donna Gayden.

McNally, 44, who will be paid $110,000 in the post, will be responsible for public-relations and overseeing some city agencies, he said Wednesday. The specific agencies have not yet been decided upon. McNally, a 15-year resident of Long Beach, had earned $105,000 at the Suffolk IDA.

At the IDA, McNally played a role in closing on some 100 development projects that are expected to result in more than $1 billion in private investment capital in Suffolk and the creation of more than 200,000 jobs, according to his resume. He was also liaison to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, the Suffolk Department of Economic Development and Planning and the Department of Labor.

McNally worked for two years as associate director of Energeia Partnership at Molloy College in Rockville Center. The organization functions as a center to educate government leaders about civic and related issues.

He was also an environmental program officer and communications director for the Rauch Foundation, a private grant-making organization that looks to invest in children, leadership and the environment, in Garden City for 10 years.

McNally was a consultant for the Central Pine Barrens Joint Policy & Planning Commission and also worked with the Neighborhood Network Association.

He was graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., receiving a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

The City Manager is to submit a draft budget to the City Council by April 11. McNally said the plan is still on target.

“We’re in the midst of a health and financial crises,” McNally said. “The plan is to deal with those two things.”