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Lawmakers override Levy on relative hiring

The Suffolk Legislature has overwhelmingly overridden County Executive Steve Levy's veto of a measure permitting term-limited Legis. Vivian Viloria-Fisher to hire her daughter as a $45,000-a-year aide.

Presiding Officer William Lindsay said the law requiring a resolution for hirings of relatives was intended to assure it was done in public view. Levy's suggestion that lawmakers might not be trusted to sign time sheets for relatives was uncalled for, Lindsay said, as would be legislation barring the practice.

"We don't need the oversight of the county executive," said Lindsay. "Filing a false instrument is already a crime in the state of New York."

Even Republican minority leader Dan Losqaudro took umbrage, saying: "At the end of the day we are accountable to our constituents - the voters." - Rick Brand

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