Nassau's financial control board, with a new chairman and majority appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has approved a $60,000 contract with Albany lobbyist Robert Bishop after the former NIFA board twice rejected hiring Bishop as unnecessary.

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Jon Kaiman, Nassau Interim Finance Authority chairman, said that when he served as North Hempstead Town supervisor, he found lobbyists provide a valuable service. NIFA member John Buran said, "Given the amount of money that flows between the county and the state, this is a de minimis expense."

But NIFA member Chris Wright, who opposes the contract, said, "I don't think it's possible for the county to get more favorable treatment from Albany" -- a reference to the close relationship between Democrat Cuomo and GOP County Executive Edward Mangano. -- Celeste Hadrick