Office of Management and Budget
Andrew Persich, Budget Director – Andrew Persich joined the Office of Management and Budget in January 2016 and has served in his current capacity since January 2018. His primary responsibilities include advising the County Executive and his senior leadership team on fiscal matters; overseeing the preparation and delivery of a balanced, fiscally sound annual budget and multi-year financial plan; monitoring budget performance to ensure expenses are controlled and revenue collection is maximized; and, issuing debt to fund the capital plan. Mr. Persich supervises all financial matters related to the County and is the point of contact for fiscal monitors, including the County Comptroller, the Office of Legislative Budget Review, the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority and bond rating agencies. He also serves as a member of the Nassau County Audit Committee.
Finance and Operations Units
Christopher L. Nolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Budget - Christopher Nolan joined the Nassau County Office of Management and Budget in April 2005. In his present role, Mr. Nolan assists in the development and presentation of the annual budget while continuing to focus on special projects that require the coordination with multiple departments, and/or multiple disciplines. In addition, he serves as the Office’s liaison for procurement compliance. Mr. Nolan has led or played a key role in various initiatives involving improved fiscal management, general business process improvement, energy management, and technology projects. Prior to his work with the County, Mr. Nolan enjoyed over nine years of service with the City of New York, working in various capacities for the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget, and the New York City Housing Authority. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and resides in Nassau County with his family.
Irfan Qureshi, Senior Deputy Director of the Budget - Irfan Qureshi joined the Office of Management and Budget in July 2006 as a Budget Examiner. Mr. Qureshi has over 20 years of financial analysis experience. He held various positions during his time with the County including Senior Budget Examiner, Manager of Performance Management, Deputy Budget Director, and his current role as Senior Deputy Director of the Budget. His responsibilities include assisting the Deputy County Executive of Finance, and the Budget Director with the day-to-day management of County finances. Mr. Qureshi supervises a team of budget examiners to insure proper and timely handling of the day-to-day operations including review of County contracts, purchase orders, requisitions, hiring requests, and legislative items. In addition, Mr. Qureshi assists the Budget Director in preparing the annual budget, multi-year plan, financial reporting and monthly projections. His other projects include sales tax analysis, position control and analysis, data management, assistance with the police budget, countywide budget transfers, journal entries, year-end closing, and creation of the annual budget documents. Prior to joining Nassau County, he was a Senior Budget Analyst at Phoenix House Foundation working on the company’s internal budget, as well as financial reporting, from 2005 to 2006. Other prior experience includes work at Canon USA from 2002 to 2005 as a Budget Control Analyst where his focus was on monthly closings, financial reporting, and expense analyses. He also worked at MCI WorldCom from 1996 to 2002 as a Financial Analyst. Mr. Qureshi holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Baruch College.
Irina Sedighi, Deputy Director of the Budget – Irina Sedighi joined the Nassau County Office of Management and Budget in January 2019. Irina Sedighi is a CFA and has over 15 years of financial analysis experience. Her responsibilities include the financial oversight of the Department of Social Services. Ms. Sedighi also processes the Inter-Departmental Service Agreements (ISA) requiring the coordination of multiple departments. Additionally, Irina is responsible for managing and reporting on a Countywide performance management software solution that links departmental performance to Nassau County goals and objectives. Prior to her work with the County, Ms. Sedighi was with EVO Payments, Intl., responsible for North America Financial Planning and Analysis. Prior to joining EVO, Ms. Sedighi worked in investment banking. Ms. Sedighi is a graduate of Columbia Business School, and the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dennis Steiner, Senior Budget Examiner – Dennis Steiner joined the Nassau County Office of Management and Budget in October 2018. His chief responsibility is to provide technical analysis and strategic input for the current round of labor negotiations. In particular, he is responsible for the cost analysis of management and labor bargaining proposals, measuring the impact on the County’s financial plan, and ensuring conformance to the County’s bargaining pattern. In addition, Mr. Steiner provides analysis for special projects to OMB, the Office of Labor Relation, and other agencies. Mr. Steiner previously spent 23 years with the New York City of Office of Labor Relations. As Deputy Research, he served in the same capacity as he does now for the County, as well as being the lead negotiator for several bargaining units. Later in his tenure, he served as the Director of Financial Management for the City’s Employee Benefits Program, while continuing in an advisory role in support of the City’s labor negotiations. Mr. Steiner earned a B.B.A in Marketing Management from Baruch College in 1976.
Sanju Jacob, Senior Budget Examiner – Sanju Jacob joined the Nassau County Office of Management and Budget in February 2019. His responsibilities include the financial oversight of the Department of Minority Affairs, Department of Fire Commission, Department of Veterans Services, Department of Parks, Department of Traffic & Violation, and the Department of Probations. Prior to joining the County, he has interned for Madison Square Garden in the Department of Finance. Mr. Jacob has a B.S. in Accounting, and a M.B.A from New York Institute of Technology.
Nadiya Gumieniak, Senior Budget Examiner – Nadiya joined the Nassau County Office of Budget and Management and Budget in March 2019. Her responsibilities include the financial oversight and preparation of monthly financial projections for the Department of Public Works, the Corrections Department, County Comptroller, Health Department and Department of Human Services to ensure departments are within their annual budget spending and revenue targets; and provides explanations for variances when necessary. Mrs. Gumieniak also reviews and processes service contracts, purchase orders, requisitions, board transfers, supplementals and ordinances. Prior to joining the County, she worked in the private sector as Finance Assistant at Itochu International, Inc., in NYC, where she performed the day-to-day operations in Corporate Finance and Treasury. Her responsibilities also included monthly closings, daily funding, reconciliations, loan administration and intercompany settlements. Nadiya also has experience in banking and property and casualty insurance. From January 2013 to April 2016, she worked for Citibank, and prior to that she worked at Allstate Insurance Agency while still in college. She graduated from CUNY Baruch College in 2013 with a B.B.A in Finance. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian.
Worker’s Compensation Unit
Debt Service Unit
Steven D. Conkling, Debt Manager – Steven D. Conkling joined the Nassau County Office of Management & Budget in July 2010. He is responsible for debt service appropriations and structuring all debt issuances to meet the County’s cash flow and capital needs. Prior to joining OMB, he was the County Treasurer beginning in March 2006. Prior to joining the County, he worked in investment banking, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Conkling was an Investment Vice President in Prudential Financial Inc.’s Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Chase Securities, Inc. As a member of Chase’s Corporate Finance Department from 1988 to 1994, he assisted in managing and executing the bank’s mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activities, and holding company liquidity. He earned a M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.S. in Finance and Economics from Boston College.
Audits, Grants & Quality Assurance Unit
Daniela Capozzo, Budget Examiner - Daniela Capozzo joined the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as a Budget Examiner in September 2019. Her responsibilities include assisting the Director of Audits, Grants & Quality Assurance in helping various departments with documenting Policies and Procedures and recommendations for control gaps. Prior to joining Nassau County, Ms. Capozzo worked for twenty-three years in the private sector at JPMorgan Chase as a Vice President in Asset Management Finance supporting Global Technology and Operations. Her prior experience includes profitability reporting, budgeting, forecasting, project management, as well as resource and location strategy.