April 11, 2013

Maragos Provides Timeline and Approval Path of
Emergency Payment for $6.7 Million to Debris Removal Company
After Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Irene

Mineola, NY- Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released the timeline and approval path of a payment made to Looks Great Services, Inc., after the company assisted residents across Nassau County by removing debris caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August of 2011. The payment was made December 1, 2011 in accordance with the County Charter and was ratified by the Legislature on December 5, 2011.

Timeline- Hurricane Irene: Looks Great Services, Inc. Purchase Order

  • August 21, 2011 - Tropical Storm Irene was formed

  • August 26, 2011 – Emergency declared by County Executive

  • September 27, 2011- County Executive memo to Department of Public Works advising that Purchase Order with Looks Great necessary for public health and safety

  • November 9, 2011 – Appropriation for Irene funds submitted to Legislature, which included proposed Purchase Order with Looks Great as backup documentation. The appropriation was approved by the Legislature on November 28, 2011.

  • November 18, 2011 – Emergency Purchase Order submitted to Legislature for approval

  • November 29, 2011 – December 1, 2011 – Requisition and Purchase Order for Looks Great approved by Purchasing, County Attorney, County Executive and the Comptroller’s Office Claims Department.

  • December 1, 2011 –NIFA approved emergency Purchase Order for Looks Great

  • December 1, 2011 – Check issued at request of County Executive after Comptroller’s Office audited the claim
    Note: The County Charter requires that the Purchase Order and payment be ratified at the next meeting of the County Legislature following the remediation of the emergency.

  • December 5, 2011 - The Legislature ratified the Purchase Order unanimously.

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