Attorney John Ryan, a member of Nassau ethics board, is defending County Executive Edward Mangano and Chief Deputy Executive Rob Walker in a state complaint filed by Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs alleging irregularities in the reporting of campaign contributions. Ryan usually represents the county GOP committee.
Ryan was out of town last week but sent word that his dual roles are not a conflict of interest, after Newsday asked whether he could decide ethical questions involving the administration of Republican Mangano and Walker.
County Attorney John Ciampoli added that Ryan is representing political committees — Friends of Ed Mangano and the Hicksville Republican Commmittee,headed by Walker — not Mangano and Walker themselves.
“There’s no patent, inherent conflict of interest there,” Ciampoli said. “The duty to recuse or consider recusal has to be done on a case-by-case basis, on the basis of the facts that are before you.” Ciampoli is a member of the ethics board by order of the county charter.