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Records: Sen. Flanagan, Speaker Heastie quit outside jobs

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) in

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) in Albany on Jan. 6, 2016. Photo Credit: Hans Pennink

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Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan collected as much as $150,000 in 2015 from a law firm he quit in May of that year when he was elected to be the Senate’s majority leader, according to financial disclosure records filed last week.

Flanagan reported he “did not provide direct services in 2015” to the Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana of Uniondale.

Instead, he provided “indirect services to the law firm” in the areas of trusts and real estate and land use “which are the principal subject areas of the law firm’s practice,” according to the disclosure report.

The payment was for pending work that was in progress when Flanagan left the firm in May 2015, and the senator has done no work for the firm since then, said Flanagan spokesman Scott Reif.

Flanagan (R-East Northport) also carried a personal loan for “college and home improvement” from a friend of up to $20,000 last year after a spokesman said the debt was nearly paid last year, the reports showed. The debt had been as high as $50,000 in previous years’ disclosure reports. The friend, home contractor Jennifer Lorenz, doesn’t appear to work for the state or have contracts with the state.

The report stated that Flanagan’s wife, Lisa Michelle Perez Flanagan, continued to collect $20,000 to $50,000 in 2015 for her consultant’s job with the Northport school district.

Flanagan also dissolved his consulting company, ASJ Consulting, on May 27, 2015, after reporting it as inactive for several years. The company didn’t appear to hold any state contracts.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) dropped his two jobs outside the Legislature last year when he was elected to lead the Assembly. His financial disclosure report stated he no longer worked as an adjunct professor at Monroe College in the Bronx where he was paid $1,000 to $5,000 in 2014, according to the ranges of income used in the reports. Heastie also resigned as the unpaid chairman of the Bronx Democratic Committee.

Heastie and Flanagan each make over $120,000 a year in base pay plus leadership stipends.

In June, the Legislature refused to adopt many of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s ethics proposals including one that would have eliminated or substantially limited outside income by lawmakers. They make a base pay of $79,500 for the-part time job which, including leadership stipends and per diem payments for working in Albany puts most salaries at over $100,000. A pay commission created by the Legislature and Cuomo is expected to substantially raise the base pay of legislators top executive branch officials in December, after the November legislative elections.

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