Will Lamont’s State Pier and budget office scandals collide?

Thanks to excellent reporting by Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, we now know that Konstantinos Diamantis, deputy budget director, was associated with his daughter getting a plum $99,000-a-year executive assistant job, personally hired by the state’s top prosecutor, Richard Colangelo, who met her at a party also attended by her father. We know from reporting by Mark Pazniokas of the CT Mirror that Diamantis’ daughter worked for a time for a company that had a large no-bid schools contract with the state, one overseen by her father. She curiously omitted the construction job, with its potential for problematic conflict with her father’s job, on the resume she submitted for the job with the prosecutor’s office. We have no idea what specific allegations led the governor to suspend the budget deputy chief, who was managing a vast amount of money for school construction projects before being put in charge of the massive State Pier project in New London, which experienced spiraling costs under his watch.


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