Levy's wife's business: A question of disclosure

Steve Levy walks with his wife, Colleen West,

Steve Levy walks with his wife, Colleen West, before announcing his candidacy for governor as a Republican outside the Capitol in Albany. (March 19, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

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Court reporting firms owned by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy's wife, Colleen West, have regularly received work from businesses that have been paid millions of dollars in county contracts in recent years.

At least seven businesses - five law firms that have been paid more than $3 million since 2006 and two hospitals that have been paid more than $23 million by Suffolk County for services since 2008 - have hired West's companies Enright Sten-Tel and Enright Court Reporting to provide transcription services during that time.

Records show that one business, Stony Brook University Medical Center's Cody Center, paid one of West's companies $31,906 for work from October 2008 through May 2010. Stony Brook University Hospital, which receives county funding, helps fund the Cody Center. A university spokeswoman said Enright's relationship with the Cody Center was discontinued last week.

No public records could be found that show what other vendors paid her companies. The businesses declined to discuss their relationships with West's firms. In an interview, West said that she has "up to 10" county vendors as clients. She said some of them predate Levy's election as county executive in 2004.

Suffolk County's financial disclosure form requires approximately 650 county officers and employees to report financial interests, including those of a spouse. The form also requires the county employee to report all sources of income above $1,000; all contractual arrangements that produce or are expected to produce income; and all honoraria, lecture and miscellaneous fees earned by the county employee and the spouse. Legal and ethics experts who helped draft the 1988 Suffolk ethics law say this requires Levy to report West's work for county vendors - businesses selected by the county for work paid with tax dollars.