MINEOLA - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is taking harsh criticism for adding two new employees to the payroll in the midst of a deficit-driven wage freeze. Former Long Beach City Manager Charles Theofan will make $90,000 per year in his new position as deputy county executive, a Nassau spokesman says. The county has also hired a new part-time press aide, who will make approximately $30,000 per year.As News 12 Long Island has reported, Mangano has been trying to close a massive budget gap by cutting about 900 county positions through layoffs and retirement incentives. Just last month, the state-appointed board in charge of Nassau's finances ordered another yearlong wage freeze for county workers. Critics say the new hires send the wrong message to county residents.In a statement, Mangano defended the move, saying the hires won't add to the cost of government and will replace two workers who left the payroll.NIFA declares another fiscal emergency for Nassau CountyMangano: Tax hike likely if borrowing plan rejected