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Suffolk shelter operator's TRO scramble

For homeless-shelter operator Bruno LaSpina, it was a case of "now you see it, now you don’t."

LaSpina got a temporary court order last month forcing the county to resume full payments to his nonprofit group, Haven House/Bridge after Comptroller Joseph Sawicki told the Department of Social Services to withhold 20 percent of bills to recoup $570,000 in overcharges found in an audit earlier this year.

While the group got an initial TRO, state Supreme Court Justice Peter Meyer lifted the stay after a hearing on Thanksgiving eve, finding that the organization faced no irreparable harm.

Haven House’s suit, however, will continue. Sawicki in his audit had found that Haven House improperly charged the county among other thing for LaSpina’s Jaguar, paying shelter supervisors for time they are asleep, and properties not used by the county.

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