Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Winery Lawsuit

Have you seen the latest news:

Former owner of Old Stone Church alleges bribery

Some officials say DiBartolo’s raise was pulled, not refused

Link to the latest documents filed in Federal Court

Take the Survey (Under the picture of the Winery) to the right - Is Yorktown Corrupt? -->

Dear Winery Supporter,

The Winery lawsuit continues to move forward, albeit very slowly.

In the interest of trying to move this process out of litigation and save both the Yorktown Taxpayer and myself legal expense, my attorney and I have contacted the town and the town attorneys to see if they were interested in talking. As I expected, the Town refuses to meet. We have a serious problem with the Yorktown leadership. They are currently over budget by $100,000 just on legal fees and they clearly don't care much about the cost of this litigation to Yorktown residents.

This is an excerpt from the Citizens for an Informed Yorktown web site:

“Town attorney John Buckley reported an unanticipated “triple play” that has caused the town to overspend it's $20,000 2008 budget line for outside legal services. To date, $117,000 has been spent and there are substantial additional bills that will have to be paid by the end of the year. Mr. Campisi noted that if the town wins the winery/old stone church case, it could get some money back. Some of the money spent for tax certiorari cases were for preparing for trials that never opened because the cases were settled.”

I am planning to have a question and answer session on the Winery and the lawsuit in the coming weeks. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending.

In the meantime, I have updated the Winery website with the latest filings in the Federal Lawsuit. I have also created a Blog for residents to post comments and feedback. Please visit both sites and let me know what you think. Also, please pass this e-mail on to anyone who may be interested.

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