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Report: Subpoenas Issued for Huntington Firm

Newsday says D.A.'s office asking for unspecified records of Sandy clean-up firm.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice has subpoenaed unspecified "records" of a Huntington firm involved in the cleanup work following Hurricane Sandy, a published report said Wednesday.

Quoting an unnamed source, Newsday reported subpoenas were sent out to various parties, including Looks Great Services Inc. of Huntington, at least three weeks ago.

Newsday said the focus of the investigation is not clear.

A spokesman for the District Attorney's office could not be reached by Patch for comment Wednesday for clarification.

The Newsday story comes a day after it reported that Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos has asked for payment records of Hurricane Sandy contractors is part of a routine audit.

Maragos has asked the 12 largest Hurricane Sandy contractors for their payroll and expense records, including Huntington's Looks Great Services Inc., which is due nearly $70 million for debris removal, Newsday reported Monday.

Looks Great spokeswoman Risa Heller told Newsday the company has a "policy of fully complying with any laws and regulations applicable to our contract work..."

Two Plainview companies and one Farmingdale firm were also the subject of auditing requests from Maragos' office. They were R.J. Industries Inc. of Plainview, which is to be paid $6.75 million for sewer treatment plant repairs in Bay Park; Posilico Civil Inc. of Farmingdale, which has a $13.1 million contract for the Bay Park plant cleanup; and Grace Industries Llc of Plainview, which is due $8 million for work including debris cleanup, Newsday reported.

Nassau County approved dozens of emergency contracts in the wake of the storm, including two to firms in Plainview and one in Farmingdale, Newsday reported.

"We are basically checking that they provide the paperwork to prove they are doing what they claim to be doing," Jostyn Hernandez, the director of communications for Maragos office, told Patch Tuesday.

Audits such as these are routine for the comptroller's office, Hernandez said. The difference in this instance is that routine procedures for distributing contracts had to be scrapped because of the crisis conditions left in the storm's wake.

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