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NYC lawyer quits as Mangano 'special counsel' (with text)

Last August, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano retained Ravi Batra, an attorney best known in the Brooklyn courts, to be a part-time “special counsel” who could advise him on fiscal matters and “identifying fraud, waste and abuse in governance.”

But since then, it seems, Batra was neither called into service nor paid by Mangano. In a wide-ranging, warmly-worded letter to Mangano Friday -- citing the views of Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Becket, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara on public service -- Batra wrote: “Permit me to gently and graciously resign” from the appointment, due to a “full plate” including a private practice and public roles which include service on a state ethics panel.

For fuller context, the full letter is posted below Batra resignation

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