The Hempstead Village board of trustees approved two contracts and filled two jobs without seeking bids for the contracts or other candidates for the positions.
The appointments, made hours after the new administration was sworn into office earlier this month, include a $100,000 job as research assistant to the board of trustees, a $78,000 contract to a Farmingdale public relations firm and a $65,000 job as secretary to the village volunteer fire department. The other contract is with a Mineola law firm, with rates of $100 per 15 minutes of work and higher, documents show.
Village officials said professional or personal service contract exemptions allow municipalities to forgo competitive bidding if the services require specialized skills or expertise.
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