Last week, Nassau County filed papers in Brooklyn federal court saying it settled with Thomas Hartmann, the Long Beach man who won a $19.6 million verdict in February over an incident in which he lost his right leg after Nassau police ran him over during a 2004 misdemeanor arrest.
County Executive Edward P. Mangano's spokesman Mike Martino said the settlement was for less than the verdict. But the county won't disclose the actual amount, which probably reduces Hartmann's damages but could include his lawyers' fees, and says the deal includes a confidentiality provision. The judge still has to issue an order to make it final.
This is the case where Mangano's new GOP team fired the in-house lawyer handling it just before trial, and brought on its own hand-picked lawyer on retainer.