Favors for Kerik
PIRRO STEERED D.A. CONTRACT TO KERIK
SHE 'WORKED FOR FAVORS' AS AIDE FRETTED OVER ETHICS
By FREDRIC U. DICKER State Editor
October 5, 2006 -- ALBANY - While she was Westchester district attorney, Jeanine Pirro steered a no-bid contract to Bernard Kerik and Rudy Giuliani's security firm, rebuffing protests about the arrangement, The Post has learned.
The 2004 contract was ordered despite Pirro being warned by a lawyer in the DA's Office that it might be illegal or unethical to award a contract in that way. It also came in the face of protests over the cost of the deal by the private company that had to pay Kerik and Giuliani, a source close to the case told The Post.
"Jeanine insisted that Kerik get the contract. She was working hard to do favors for him," said the source.
Pirro's awarding of the business to the firm, known as Giuliani/Kerik, a subsidiary of Giuliani Partners, came a little over a year before she turned to him for a favor - to find out if her husband, Al, was cheating on her.
The contract with Giuliani/Kerik was entered into by A & P, the supermarket chain, as part of deal with Pirro's office to allow the company to settle a criminal charge resulting from the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages to minors.
But during talks over the selection of the inspector general, one of the lawyers representing A & P, Kathleen Plunkett O'Connor, objected that the firm was very expensive, the source said.
The cost of the contract with Giuliani/Kerik could not be learned last night.
The source said that because of the expense of Giuliani/Kerik, the lawyer for A & P wanted to know if the supermarket giant could hire another firm to do the work or if the contract could be put out to bid.
But Pirro would have none of it - and again demanded that Kerik get the contract, saying otherwise there would be no deal, the source explained.
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