Rob Walker, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s chief deputy, has slowed his campaign’s spending on criminal defense attorneys in recent months, state Board of Elections records show.
Walker’s Hicksville Republican Committee made one $10,000 payment to the Garden City law firm of Foley Griffin in February, the only such expense between mid-January and mid-July, the period covered in the latest campaign finance filing.
Between October and December of last year, Walker’s committee had paid $22,500 to the firm. The payments came during a period that Walker testified in the federal corruption trial of former state Sen. Dean Skelos, who was convicted in December and is appealing.
Walker acknowledged at the time that federal prosecutors were separately investigating him for awarding county contracts to political contributors. He denies wrongdoing.
While confirming he still represented Walker, attorney Brian Griffin declined to comment on “the scope or recency of any particular matter.”
Mangano’s campaign committee, meanwhile, paid Garden City criminal defense attorney Kevin Keating $25,000 in April and $50,000 in June, after paying Keating $55,000 in 2015.
Federal prosecutors reportedly have been scrutinizing Mangano’s relationship with indicted restaurateur Harendra Singh, but no charges have been filed. Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin has said Keating “is a valuable part of the team in providing advice and counsel” in response to “incorrect media reports and slanderous accusations that have been proven false.”