From State of Politics:

Item II in today’s Morning Memo:

Robert “Bob” Malito, who worked for former NYC mayors John Lindsay and Abe Beame before departing the public payroll for a lengthy career in lobbying, is back after a two-year retirement.

Malito is joining the Long Island-based law and lobbying firm of Gerstman Schwartz, which is making him a partner, though he says he’ll only be working part-time.

The firm will now be known as Gerstman Schwartz & Malito.

“Over 40 years, I built up a lot of experience and a lot of friends on both the government side and in the private sector,” Malito, 71, said during a brief phone interview Monday. “This is a nice opportunity to get back into play and see what I can do to help.”

“…I like these guys a lot,” Malito said of his new partners. “They’re young guys. They’re hustlers. They’re hard workers. They remind me a lot of me a long time ago.”

Malito said he hopes to be a rainmaker for the firm, bringing in business and assisting with lobbying when he can, though he probably won’t be spending very much time in Albany.

“(Former US Senator-turned-lobbyist) Al D’Amato (with whom Malito was once very close) does all his work from Long Island,” Malito reasoned. “I don’t know that he has set foot in Albany for years.”

Of all his relationships in the Legislature, Malito said he is probably closest to Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos, who is also a Long Islander. Malito believes the Republicans have a good chance of retaining power in Albany in the upcoming elections, though he admitted that’s “not going to be an easy thing.”

Malito also said he has known Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “for years,” and the two used to golf together.

As for his relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Malito said: “I knew him as a young guy in the Mario years. How well? You’d have to ask the governor.”

Malito split (not amicably) from the lobbying and law firm Davidoff Malito & Hutcher (now Davidoff Hutcher & Citron) two years ago. He was a founding partner of that firm, and his son, Stephen, opted to remain there despite his father’s departure.

Bringing on Malito is part of an ongoing expansion by Gertsman Schwartz (and now Malito), which has also included opening an office in Manhattan.

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