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Clarkstown Town Board Terminates Savino’s Contract

Contract for tax cert services terminated at special town board meeting

 

The Clarkstown Town Board reacted to charges filed by the U.S. District Attorney against Joseph Savino by immediately terminating Savino’s contract for tax certiorari services for the town. The vote at the special meeting held late Tuesday morning was unanimous.  

The board members met in executive session to discuss the continued retention of Savino’s law firm to represent the town in tax certiorari matters following the earlier announcement of conspiracy to bribe and wire fraud charges filed against Savino, the Bronx Republican Party chair. 

Town Attorney Amy Mele said board members acted because they felt the firm would not be able to fulfill its contractual obligation and that her office will cover pending court appearances until replacement counsel is found. 

When questioned about a town resident’s plan to ask for his resignation because of the controversy about Savino’s hiring, Supervisor Alex Gromack said he would not consider doing that.

“Absolutely not, I did nothing wrong,” said Gromack.

The town board retained Savino’s White Plains firm in January 2012 and renewed the contract for tax cert services for another year in December 2012.

Gromack said that request was “politics as usual” from a small group of people who regularly attend town board meeting. He said the town board’s vote showed decisively it plans to move forward.

“We moved forward and we acted swiftly and in unison,” said Gromack. “From my point of view this closes the chapter with the vote.”

The board members issued a brief release about the action they took but would not comment specifically on the charges or arrest. 

(New City, NY) On April 2, 2013, the Clarkstown Town Board held a special Town Board meeting to discuss the continued retention of the Law Office of Joseph J. Savino to represent the Town in tax certiorari matters, in light of the recent charges filed against Mr. Savino. 

After a brief executive session, the Town Board unanimously voted to terminate the contract, effective immediately. The Town Board expressed that the firm would not be able to fulfill its contractual obligation to the Town under the present circumstances. 

For the time being, the Town Attorney’s Office will cover pending court appearances while replacement counsel is sought. 

Frank Grandel / Clarkstown Taxpayers April 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
The Clarkstown Taxpayers in co-operation with individuals like Mr. Nimick and Mr.Hull are now satisfied, to have been vindicated about our concerns over the process and the hiring of Mr. Savino. Many thank-you"s need to be given to our District Attorney Mr. Tom Zugibie and his staff for working on our behalf once again. His team has proven to be very valuable and ethical for all the taxpayers of our community
Hy Moskowitz April 04, 2013 at 12:57 AM
You live in a sad and scary place.
mark Brenner April 04, 2013 at 01:05 PM
This shows thw arrogance and disrespect for the public by our elected officials. Even after being warned of the problems, they not only kept Savino, they re hired him for a second year. What was the behind the reason to take on such a risky venture. There must have been some pay back to the Supervisor or board to do this!
Mike Hirsch April 04, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Mark, It was simply "insider trading" between Gromack, Reda, and Sparaco. As we both know, this stuff has been going on way too long. I'm glad that people are starting to realize just how their towns and county are run. Hopefully enough citizens will join the "revolution" that we have started and will finally get involved in the local political scene. We have shown that the average citizen can make a difference. Hopefully they will start to believe that.
stephany April 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
"they not only kept Savino, they re hired him for a second year." and gave him a raise

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