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Request for services must be formalized in Huntington Town

Frank Petrone, a Democrat, is supervisor of the

Frank Petrone, a Democrat, is supervisor of the Town of Huntington. (July 7, 2009) Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Huntington Town attorney now must use the request-for-proposal process when outside services are necessary, according to a policy change approved last week by the town board.

The change comes after a state comptroller audit of the town found that Huntington had contracted with many attorneys in the past without using the RFP process.

Supervisor Frank Petrone said that formerly when the town attorney needed outside help, he or she would call several attorneys and then make a recommendation on whom to hire. The town board’s unanimous vote, he said, now requires the attorney’s office to document this process.

“We used the process, but it wasn’t formalized in the policy manual,” Petrone said.

In the same resolution, the board authorized another code change requiring earlier notification to board members of an impending bond resolution. The new code reads, “The director of audit and control will, to the extent possible, provide the town board with a draft of any bonding resolution seven days prior to a vote by the board.”

The change was first brought up by Councilman Mark Mayoka, who wanted to get the resolutions 30 days in advance. That resolution was defeated at a meeting last month.


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