State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s contract and payment approvals for February include more than $1M in taxpayer-funded legal bills and settlement costs incurred by the two houses of the Legislature.
That number includes $545,000 to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is on the hook to pay an additional $35,000 out of his own pocket. Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was another defendant in that suit due to his alleged failure to properly curtail Lopez’s alleged depredations.tramadol online pharmacy
The Assembly previously incurred more than $1 million in publicly funded legal bills defending itself in the same matter.buy adipex online without prescription
The chamber also paid $13,000 to Whiteman Osterman & Hanna for “outside counsel for the appeals process in the matter of Assemblyman Micah Kellner,” who was accused of sexually harassing aides. Kellner mounted a lengthy legal battle to undercut the chamber’s punishment, which included stripping him of position, staff and other resources. Kellner decided not to seek re-election.ultram online no prescription
The payment approvals also included $435,000 to Kirkland & Ellis for “legal services and special counsel related to the Moreland Commission.” Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif said the bill constituted old business.buy adipex without prescription
DiNapoli approved a comparatively bargain-basement bill of $150,000 to the same firm for the same work in December.