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A few common elements can be found in the talent pool used by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.


His appointees tend to be 1) Republican — no-brainer there — 2) worked on the ballot count in his tightly contested election, 3) worked for the Rivkin Radler law firm, 4) graduated from Hofstra Law and/or 5)  connected to his chief of staff, Rob Walker.


Floral Park Attorney John E. Ryan, picked by Mangano to be an unsalaried member of the county Board of Ethics, fits the bill on four of the five counts. (The nomination is on the agenda of the legislature’s Rules Committee on Monday.)

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Ryan was among the Republican lawyers who spend a lot of time on the Board of Elections loading dock last fall during breaks in the ballot recount that ended with Republican Mangano winning the county executive race by 386 votes.


Other Republican lawyers on the dock included John Ciampoli (Hofstra Law), now Mangano’s county attorney, and Peter Bee, now a $175,000-a-year-labor consultant to the county (with another $175,000 contract in the pipeline.)


Back in the mid-1980s, Ryan, now 53, had been a senior associate at Rivkin Radler — the Uniondale law firm where Mangano practiced.


Since 1985, Ryan has practiced law in small firms in Floral Park, within walking distance of his home. He’s also the counsel to the county’s Republican elections commissioner, John DeGrace.


Ryan got Mangano’s nod despite the lack of the Hofstra Law degree. He was St. John’s Law. (managing editor of the Law Review, dean’s list, etc.)

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