Schnirman appointing former KPMG partner as new deputy comptroller

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Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman will be appointing Anthony Dalessio as the new deputy comptroller in charge of accounting, his office announced in a press release last Thursday, succeeding Chief Deputy Comptroller Shari James.

Dalessio, a certified public accountant, was a managing partner with KPMG, which is considered one of the “Big 4” accounting firms, and oversaw their Long Island office in Melville.

He was also the deputy director general of the International Federation of Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accounts from 1985 to 1995 and the executive director of graduate business career relations at Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

In total, Dalessio worked nearly 30 years at KPMG: 1980 to 1985 and 1995 to 2018.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, and I am honored to be given a chance to work directly for the people of Nassau County,” Dalessio said in a statement. “It is no secret the County has a long list of financial challenges, and I look forward to using the experiences I have gained working with both the public and private sectors to help improve operations in Nassau.”

Schnirman described Dalessio’s experience working with government agencies, large municipalities and Fortune 500 companies as “unparalleled here on Long Island.”

“He knows what it will take to help us continue reimagining how government does business, bring a new level of innovation to the County’s outdated financial operations, and provide valuable insight into our accounting and financial analysis processes,” Schnirman said.

According to the press release, Dalessio will likely take office in early January as James pursues other “entrepreneurial opportunities.”

“It has been a tremendous opportunity to serve the residents of Nassau County and work alongside the committed staff in the Comptroller’s Office,” James said. “There is still a lot of work to be done, and I look forward to remaining very involved in the community.”

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