Former Huntington Town Councilman Stuart Besen is among those under consideration to become the new village attorney for Northport.
The selected candidate will replace James Matthews, who has held the post since 2006. Matthews won a Suffolk County District Court judgeship and will be sworn in on Jan. 1.
Mayor George Doll confirmed Thursday that Besen is "a contender" for the job. He did not identify other candidates.
The winning candidate will be paid $90,000 a year, plus $150 per hour for litigation.
"The attorney has to have knowledge of municipal law," he said. "The attorney also has to have a village personality, because we have been very fortunate over my entire time [in office] to not have gotten involved in any petty lawsuits.
"And that is partly because of our attorney's personality. . . . [When there are] people who are disgruntled, he goes out and talks to them, avoiding litigation."
Doll said the village had started out with 12 candidates, but he was narrowing the field.
After Doll names his selection, the village trustees will vote on the candidate. Village trustees have been given resumé information on each candidate.
Besen has found a number of opportunities in and around Huntington since he was defeated as a Huntington Town councilman in 2009 by former Councilman Mark Mayoka.
He is outside counsel for the Town of Huntington, a job that pays him $175 an hour up to $50,000 a year. His law firm is also outside council for the Town of Babylon at a rate of $205 per hour. Besen is also village attorney for Port Washington North, where he makes $245 an hour.
In 2013, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone sought to have Besen named town attorney, but that effort was stymied because he lacked support from other town council members.