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Mangano to name election lawyer to county attorney post

A leading election lawyer will be named county attorney, incoming Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Monday as he also reached out to some of Long Island's senior statesmen in the public sector.

The new county attorney will be John Ciampoli, Mangano said. Ciampoli most recently worked for the Nassau GOP in monitoring the tally of paper ballots in which Republican Mangano held on to win by some 400 votes over incumbent Democrat Thomas Suozzi.

Ciampoli, who will be responsible for all litigation involving the county, also worked for Republican James Tedisco who lost in the upstate 20th Congressional District earlier this year, and for Republican Frank Padavan, who won in the 11th State Senate District in Queens last year.

He also represented the losing Republican side in the court case under which Gov. David A. Paterson was eventually allowed to appoint Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor.

"He's an individual with a rock-solid reputation," said Desmond Ryan, executive director of the Association for a Better Long Island. "He will try to adjudicate cases before they go to court, but if they go to court he will be prepared."

Mangano also said it was "likely" that he would appoint Eldia Gonzalez, a campaign supporter and Freeport real estate agent, as head of the county's Coordinated Agency for Spanish Americans.

Meanwhile, Mangano said he had a breakfast meeting Monday in Bethpage with Frank Zarb, an executive in the financial services industry who once chaired the fiscal watchdog Nassau County Interim Finance Authority and the Long Island Power Authority.

Neither Mangano nor Zarb would discuss the specifics of their conversation, but sources said Zarb is advising him on budget and financial issues. "I am consulting with those who have experience, wisdom and no agenda for some frank advice," Mangano said.

People close to Mangano, asking not be identified, said he will reach out to Robert Cattell, former chairman and CEO of KeySpan and former chairman of National Grid.

Cattell said Monday that he met Mangano last week at a Christmas party at Mangano's current law firm - Rivkin, Radler Llp - and had offered his help. He said he has not yet met with Mangano, but, "my experience clearly is in the energy field."

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