Officials probe Nassau's storm cleanup spending

Questions are swirling as to whether Nassau spent millions in cleanup money without lawmakers' approval. (4/11/13)

WOODBURY - Questions are swirling as to whether Nassau spent millions in cleanup money without lawmakers' approval.

Democrats and Republicans are arguing over whether any rules were broken when Nassau County paid a Huntington company almost $7 million for tree removal after Hurricane Irene. The company got the check four days before the Legislature voted to approve the payment.

Democrats claim they had no idea the payment to Looks Great Service Inc. had already been made, but Republicans insist everything was legal and legitimate.

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Looks Great is the same company that received subpoenas from Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice last week. Rice is conducting an investigation into companies that got cleanup contracts after Superstorm Sandy. The comptroller says the company did $80 million worth of work and has so far been paid $35 million.

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