When Mark Lesko ran for town supervisor last March, one of his mailings said, "You can tell a lot about a person by the friends they keep."

Last week, Lesko said he would not interfere with the hiring by Kathy Walsh, his deputy supervisor, of the son of John Powell, ex-con and ex-Suffolk GOP chairman. In his campaign mailing, Lesko had assailed his opponent, Republican town board member Tim Mazzei, for letting Powell "openly attend" his fundraisers.

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Among the dozen photos in that mailing was one Lesko might wish to forget: the candidate posing with then Town Clerk Pamela Betheil, a Democrat who faces charges for bilking newlyweds by overcharging for weddings.

- Rick Brand