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A county en-title-ment for ex-Levy pal, updated

Following up on Suffolk Executive Steve Levy's ties to Ethan Ellner, most recently convicted in that mortgage-fraud case, it turns out the former got $85,000 worth of title work from the county for which Levy recommended him. From Peddie and Brand:

"A company associated with a longtime friend of County Executive Steve Levy got more than $85,000 in county title work, on Levy's recommendation, despite his federal tax evasion conviction, loss of his law license for more than a year, and his being cited for "unconscionable trade practices" by the county's consumer affairs officials.

"The friend, Ethan Ellner, also recently admitted to involvement in an $82 million mortgage fraud in which former county Legis. George Guldi and several others also were charged."

"I tried to give a guy a second chance in life, and no good deed goes unpunished," Levy said.

Is this really a case of the martyrdom of good intentions?

Update: Here's a statement from Barney Keller of the Rick Lazio campaign:"Steve Levy has become an embarrassment. It’s time for him to quietly drop out and go back to being a Democrat."

 

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