Board OKs lawyers de­spite com­plaints about res­i­dency

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

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.

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