Even before Suffolk could be begin its $200,000 independent review of anonymous allegations of fiscal irregularities, the law firm hired to take part in the analysis has pulled out.
County Attorney Dennis Brown said the law firm of Winston and Strawn withdrew after a county waiver committee had authorized their hiring for up to $100,000. He said the county now plans to hire attorney Michael Cornacchia, who once worked as an assistant Suffolk district attorney and assistant U.S. Attorney.
Brown said the office is working on a contract for Cornacchia. Brown said he will return to the waiver committee, which can permit agencies to bypass the request for proposals process, if the lawyer’s services exceed $25,000, as required by county law.
The waiver committee also authorized the hiring of the Stone Turner Group for up to $100,000. County Comptroller John Kennedy, who said he does not expect the firm to charge more than $25,000, said he wants the work to be underway by mid-October when the county goes to Wall Street for the fall borrowing.