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Former Rep. Tim Bishop registers as a federal lobbyist

Former Rep. Tim Bishop of Southampton has registered for the first time as a federal lobbyist, to represent Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue on issues of health, Medicare and Medicaid.

Bishop, who lost re-election in 2014 after serving six terms, is a principal of Envision Strategies, at which he also lobbies state officials for the city of Albany and other clients.

Bishop said in a telephone interview that being a lobbyist is just one of his jobs: he’s also a St. Joseph’s College professor and board member of the state’s Environmental Facilities Corporation.

With his June 29 registration, Bishop is following in the footsteps of another one-time lawmaker: former New York Sen. Alfonse D’Amato of Island Park.

Brookhaven Memorial paid D’Amato’s firm Park Strategies $420,000 from 2009 to 2014, filings show, when Obamacare was passed and began, and when the hospital settled a Medicare fee-inflation lawsuit for $2.9 million. A hospital spokeswoman had no comment.

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