LONG BEACH - Deputy Nassau County Executive Charles Theofan died Thursday night at the age of 61 after battling lung cancer. 

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano confirmed Theofan's death this morning through a statement.

Theofan assisted in response and recovery efforts during Superstorm Sandy and helped pave the way for a public-private partnership that will transform the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum into a first-class arena for residents, County Executive Ed Mangano says.

Serving twice as city manager of Long Beach, Theofan was commended for his administration's response to Tropical Storm Irene, as well as a number of capital improvement projects and the reopening of the Long Beach Animal Shelter. 

During his career, Theofan also served the City of Long Beach as acting fire commissioner, tax assessor, corporation counsel, counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals and commissioner of the Town of Hempstead Planning and Development Department.