Castner leaving Assembly staff; Caruso will be new E.D.

Assembly Speaker Joseph Robertsisexpected toannouncetomorrow that Bill Castner will leave his post as Executive Director of the Assembly Majority Office in Januaryand will be succeeded Bill Caruso, Congressman Rob Andrews’ long-time chief of staff.

Caruso will become the Office’seighth Executive Director after Joe Gannon, Dick Coffee, Fred Butler, Frank Robinson, Kelly Ganges, Gene Martorony and Castner. (Bob Smartt, currently the Ethics Liaison Officer for the Department of Treasury, served as Acting Director of the Office in 1974).

Caruso is a graduate of Bucknell University and Rutgers Camden Law School who, while working for Andrews, was credited with building a national coalition to successfully stop the dumping of VX Nerve Agent residue in the Delaware River. He and his wife Amanda, who served as Andrews’ general counsel, have two young sons.

Castner leaving Assembly staff; Caruso will be new E.D.