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The Republican-controlled Rules Committee of the Nassau County legislature is expected on Monday to approve a $275,000 increase to a contract for the law firm where Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello is counsel. That will hike the total fee paid to Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel to $475,000 for defending the county in a lawsuit accusing police of using excessive force.
Its outrageous, Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said. Every taxpayer ought to be disgusted that county Republicans are doing a contract to give county taxpayer money to the Republican chairmans law firm.
County Attorney John Ciampoli responded that the firm won the case, saving Nassau more than $20 million in potential damages. I think his attacks are baseless, unfounded and quite frankly offensive because the bottom line here is that were achieveing success for the taxpayers of this county, Ciampoli said.