Democratic Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen has posted on the town’s website the cost of outside counsel for the past two years, after three Republican council members and the town board’s only other Democrat again stalled a plan to solicit competitive proposals for legal services.
Gillen’s online chart shows Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel PC — the law firm that employs Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Mondello as counsel and former Republican Hempstead Presiding Supervisor Gregory Peterson as a partner — collected a total of $2,266,339 for the past two years — more than all other outside law firms combined. Mondello, who has been nominated as ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago by President Donald Trump, recently reported on federal financial disclosures that he had been paid $519,332 by the law firm over the past two years.
Also high on Gillen’s list, at a two-year total of $191,303, is the law firm of Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, where Lisa Cairo, daughter of expected Mondello successor and the Nassau GOP’s committee first vice chairman Joseph Cairo, is a partner.
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