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Nassau Comptroller George Maragos didn’t mention Howard Weitzman’s name.

But the Republican comptroller relied on an audit by his Democratic predecessor for some of the information he included in today’s press release about temporary employees working in the county.

In the release, Maragos said he had found that Nassau had spent $2.3 million since 2007 for hundreds of temporary employees in five departments — and that he would no longer approve “these types of costly and unnecessary contracts."

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The release added “this office previously determined” that the temp agency,  Island Search Group of Woodbury,  had paid some of those employees less than the county’s required “living wage."

In fact, Weitzman had issued an audit on Dec. 7 detailing that 67 temporary employees in 2007 and 48 temps in 2008  were underpaid a total of about $108,000 while Island Search did not apply for a waiver from the living wage law until mid-2009.  Island Search denied violating the law.

Maragos spokesman Jostyn Hernandez acknowledged that Weitzman had uncovered the living wage problem, but said Maragos had been reviewing all contracts and the underpayments just added to his concern.

“The overall point is we’re not going to approve any more contracts for temporary employees,” Hernandez said.