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Frederick Mei, Oyster Bay deputy town attorney, resigned Aug. 31, town spokeswoman confirms

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

Oyster Bay Deputy Town Attorney Frederick Mei, a key figure in the town's controversial relationship with restaurateur Harendra Singh, resigned on Aug. 31, town spokeswoman Marta Kane confirmed Tuesday.

Kane said in an email that the resignation was effective immediately. Officials did not respond to questions about how the timing could affect Mei's pension. Records show Mei was hired on Dec. 19, 1985. Retiring before 30 years of service would permanently reduce his pension.

Newsday has reported that Mei was involved in negotiations over loan guarantees on behalf of Singh, who operates food and beverage service at the town golf course and Tobay and Tappen beaches.

Newsday has also reported that Singh employees coordinated and arranged for payment for Mei to travel to India and South Korea. Records did not indicate whether Mei reimbursed Singh.

Mei did not return repeated phone calls for comment.

Newsday reported that Singh employees arranged for travel for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and car service for Town Attorney Leonard Genova and his son. Genova later paid Singh for the car trips, Jonathan Pickhardt, Oyster Bay outside counsel, told Newsday.

Last week, Town Supervisor John Venditto said there was a deputy attorney who was a "bad apple." Also last week, Pickhardt wrote in a letter that documents of questionable authenticity were found in a deputy town attorney's files relating to loan guarantees for Singh and that the deputy town attorney resigned.

No town official has identified Mei as that deputy. Oyster Bay special counsel Tom Sabellico said Tuesday that Mei's was the only recent resignation of which he was aware.

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