Ex-state Sen. Nick Spano denies he is target of probe

Sources tell News 12 that former Republican state Sen. Nick Spano has hired a high-profile criminal defense law firm as a precaution after two former colleagues were hit with subpoenas and later pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

According to financial documents from the state board of elections, Spano has used $28,000 from an old campaign fund which he has maintained to hire the firm. He is legally allowed to do that as long as the attorneys are defending him from actions taken while in office.

Attorney Richard Levitt, however, told News 12, "Nick Spano has no information whatsoever that he is the target of any investigation."

Spano was ousted as a state senator in 2006. One-time campaign manager Anthony Mangone and fellow former state Sen. Vincent Leibell both pleaded guilty recently to corruption charges.

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