Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli is keeping his fingers in the political pie.
He took some time off last Friday to attend the Conservative Party Convention and was quoted in Newsday in his position as counsel to the party chairman, Michael Long.
So we asked a few questions about this via e-mails, and got Ciampolian answers.
Q: “Is your position as counsel to Long new?
A: I have had a long-standing personal and professional relationship with the Conservative Party and Mike Long.
Q: Is it a paid position? If so, how much?
A: I did my work Friday as a volunteer — pro bono.
Q: Why is this not a conflict of interest?
A: : The NYS Conservative Party does NOT do business with Nassau County. It would be unconstitutional to ban political speech to county employees) Even Nassau County Board of Elections employees can do it — (Nassau Democratic elections counsel) Tom Garry was parliamentarian at the Democratic Convention.
Q: Has he gotten a Board of Ethics opinion on this?
A: Since no possible conflict, no letter needed.
Q: How many hours a week does he devote to this work?
A: I spent from about 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the convention. MY time, NOT COUNTY time.
Q; Does (Republican) County Executive Edward Mangano expect to get the Conservative line next time?
A: The county executive expects to be endorsed by all parties because he will fix Nassau County.”