A Melville law firm has been hired to investigate a complaint by a town employee against Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, according to the weekly newspaper the Northport Observer.
The Town Board approved paying the firm up to $20,000 to conduct the investigation at an executive session during its meeting March 10. Lupinacci was excluded from the executive session. Town Attorney Nick Ciappetta was authorized to negotiate retaining the firm.
The Observer identified the law firm as Jackson Lewis PC.
The complaint was sexual in nature, the Observer said, and brought by a male employee.
The Town Board resolution to authorize the investigation was added to the agenda just before the meeting and was not a part of the agenda printed in advance.
A former aide to Lupinacci while he was he served as a state assemblyman filed a lawsuit in December 2018 alleging sexual abuse. That case is still pending.DOC031120 (3)