- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Prosecutors say Nassau County’s contracting process is vulnerable to corruption and needs to change.

Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas says Thursday the current process does not require vendors to disclose criminal convictions or whether they have been barred from obtaining government contracts elsewhere.

Prosecutors started looking into the process after allegations arose that former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos influenced a $12 million contract for a company that employed his son.

Investigators say one Nassau vendor is tied to a convicted bid-rigger and has an established link to organized crime. They say another vendor has a felony conviction.

Singas’ office would not identify them.

A spokesman said the county executive would review the report with the county attorney and follow up with the district attorney’s office.

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