Jeff Chiesa

Jeff Chiesa, State designee for Atlantic City speaks to council members during council meeting at City Hall Thursday Dec 1, 2016. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

ATLANTIC CITY — The law firm in charge of overseeing the state takeover of the resort has billed state taxpayers a total of $2.8 million since it was appointed in November.

Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, based in West Orange, Essex County, billed the state $181,724 for work performed in July, according to invoices the state released late Wednesday through an Open Public Records Act request.

About $100,000 of the July total is tied to the current legal battle between the state and firefighters union.

Gov. Chris Christie appointed Jeffrey Cheisa in Nov-ember to oversee operation of the city.

Chiesa can bill $400 per hour. In addition, partners at his law firm can bill $350 per hour, associates can charge $240 per hour and paralegals can bill $90 per hour for their work, according to the firm’s retention agreement.

Chiesa, a former U.S. senator, state attorney general and close ally of Christie, struck a $72 million tax settlement with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa that saved the city $93 million, according to the state.

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