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Nassau firings could be costly

Firing some holdovers from the administration of Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi might prove costly, as in lawyer’s fees, for the new administration of Edward Mangano.

On Jan. 14th, Mangano fired six salaried members of the Assessment Review Commission, appointed by Suozzi in late December, just days before Suozzi office.
Five of the six have demanded their right to a hearing — a demand that is on hold as three of the five seek a court order of reinstatement. That case is on for a hearing Friday.

The county attorney’s office said in court paper that it has retained independent counsel to represent the five because it would be a conflict of interest for it to represent them and defend the county at the same time.

However, the three who went to court got their own attorney — Kenneth Gartner of Mineola — and he has asked the court for “a reasonable fee, in keeping with prior custom and practice of the County Attorney’s office, to be paid by the County.”

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