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Nassau legislator questions attorney’s marriage disclosure

Carrie Solages is seen in Elmont on Wednesday,

Carrie Solages is seen in Elmont on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. Photo Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Nassau Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) Monday questioned why an attorney for County Executive Edward Mangano, testifying before the county legislature about inmate health care at the county jail, failed to disclose her marriage to Sheriff Michael Sposato, who runs the East Meadow facility.

Elizabeth Loconsolo, counsel to Mangano, was testifying about a $45,000 contract to Community Oriented Health Care Services, a California-based nonprofit, to oversee Armor Correctional Health Services, the jail’s medical care provider.

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has accused Armor of providing deficient medical care and has charged that county officials did not enforce performance terms of the company’s contract.

During her testimony Monday, Loconsolo defended Sposato after criticism that the administration failed to properly oversee Armor.

“The sheriff has always had an open door to medical and security to address these issues,” Loconsolo told lawmakers.

Loconsolo did not disclose her marriage to Sposato. When Solages brought up the issue, Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) ruled him “out of order.”

Loconsolo, responding to Solages’ question, said: “I don’t know what that has to do with” the health care monitoring contract.

In an interview Monday night, Solages called Loconsolo’s testimony “self-serving” and said the relationship with Sposato was a conflict of interest that should have been disclosed to lawmakers.

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said there was no conflict of interest, noting that Loconsolo previously worked at the jail “and is a professional attorney.”

The health care monitoring contract, which passed the Rules Committee unanimously, was procured through Mangano’s office — not the sheriff’s office — through Loconsolo, Nevin said.

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