Board OKs lawyers despite complaints about residency
The Town Board has approved lawyers who will work with town officials in 2017, despite concern that none reside in the municipality.
The appointments were made in 3-1 votes during the board’s annual reorganization meeting Thursday night.
Councilman Marty Irwin voted in opposition and suggested that former Councilman Kevin Barry be added to the list of 10 attorneys covering various departments.
“Robert Zaccheo is the special prosecutor,” Irwin said. “While I understand he does an excellent job, he doesn’t live within New Paltz and we do have someone qualified in town who has sent an email to all of us asking that we consider his candidacy for this position.”
Town Supervisor Neil Bettez said the appointment could be reconsidered but that the town has contractual obligations to Zaccheo.
“I think that, if we decide as a board we want to revisit the special prosecutor position, I think it would be totally fine to interview Kevin, but ... we have an agreement with Mr. Zaccheo that we have to notify him prior [to] ending our relationship with him,” Bettez said.
“Several boards previous ... had an interview process and they settled on Mr. Zaccheo,” the supervisor said. “My preference is to approve him tonight and, if we revisit these positions, we would interview several candidates.”
Other attorneys appointed during the meeting were:
• George Lithco for the town Building Department.
• Joseph Moriello as town attorney and to represent the Zoning Board of Appeals, with George Rodenhausen as alternate zoning attorney and as primary Planning Board lawyer;.• William Wallens as labor attorney;
• Ken Bond as bond counsel, with the firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King as legal representative for finance and payroll.
Designations for 2017 included the New Paltz Times as the town’s official newspaper and the Freeman as alternate.
Officials also scheduled Town Board meetings for 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month.