The Nassau County attorney sees no conflict of interest in having the county’s director of human resources also serve as investigations commissioner.
County Executive Edward Mangano asked Diane Ialenti earlier this year to handle both jobs, saving $150,000. But he neglected to tell his Republican colleagues on the county legislature. And when Ialenti was nominated last month to an obscure county panel that required legislative approval, it was put on hold.
“The ‘mere possibility,’ that a conflict in duties might arise at some point does not disqualify an officeholder from holding two positions,” County Attorney John Ciampoli wrote in a letter to the legislators May 14th that became public Monday.
Should a conflict arise, he wrote, the county executive could designate his counsel or a deputy county executive to look into the matter.
The legislature approved on Monday the nomination of Ialenti to the Deferred Compensation Board
Democrats said they thought there was an inherent conflict in Ialenti's roles. "I think it's a conflict of interest for anyone to serve simultaneously as human resource director and as commissioner of investigations," Minority Leader Diane Yatauro (D-Glen Cove) said.