Thursday, May 19, 2016

WDT: Clayton Rapped for Hefty Legal Bills

      The most sought after clients in this area would be municipal governments and school districts of which there are many and the all have the ultiimate virtue. The ability to pay. The Village of Clayton is being dinged for spending over $60K with a law firm to resolve issues with the T.I. Inn.
      The editorial this morning is but the tip of an iceberg of spending that gets little scrutiny, including from local officials who rely on outside, houtly rate help from the legal cartel.
      Since they write the laws and advise the lawmakers, and like doctors few question their decisions, lawyers do very well every day. 
      In the context of somewhat simple and unsophisticated local governments, lawyers have Rasputin-like holds over those charged with spending public money.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/cha-ching-clayton-officials-shun-mediation-in-favor-of-higher-legal-fees-20160519

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The law firm should be ashamed of itself and the Authorities embarrassed. Before taking on something like this they should figure out a cost and the best way to go. In this case they could have worked something out and they would have worked something out if they were putting a distillery in to the INN.

Each side should take a step back and reevaluate.

David LaMora said...

Mr. Graham,there may well be some validity to what you say, that the legal profession often holds sway over municipalities, and in some cases profits unduly from this position, however I think you have misinterpreted the thrust of the article in the WDT.

The village of Clayton is attempting to uphold the integrity and viability of their zoning law, and enforcement process. WDT contends that they should buckle under the pressure from citizens concerned only about expenditure of public funds, and resort to mediation,which ,in the words of the inn owners, would allow them to avoid admitting guilt of their violations. From my perspective the village officials are considering the much larger issue which is establishing a legal support for their local law, and enforcement process. Certainly, as long time city mayor, you must acknowledge the significance of having legal and public confidence that zoning laws be respectedand enforced.

Anonymous said...

Simple and unsophisticated. That sums it up. Add homophobic and you got it all.
Shameful suppression of Commerce. waste of $. Divisive. The taxpayers are vocal and not happy.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh, that's more expensive than protecting us from illegal fences.

Anonymous said...

The Village of Clayton is acting on the advise of an attorney who is playing enforcer, judge, jury and executioner, and charging for all sides of the game he is playing.

The lawyer charged for advise that he has now been advised was inappropriate (filed charges above his and the villages legal ability) and now that he's been caught, he has no alternative but to "dig in" and demand that they are guilty.

Maybe we should just change our entire judicial system to a One-Party format. A lawyer decides if he thinks you are doing something wrong, charges you with the crime on behalf of whomever or whatever party pays the most, takes the case to trial, demands that you are guilty regardless of the circumstance, and sentences you. We could save a fortune on our judicial system !

Perhaps it's time that Clayton stops drinking it's own "Holier-than-thou" Kool Aid. Admit they are just a little more full of them-selves than they like to believe, and start acting appropriately towards their residents.

Anonymous said...

1003 this isn't a zoning issue. it's a vendetta. and a lawyers dream on billable hours. A taxpayer nightmare. the lawyers should work for the board. but not so for this slack jawed bunch.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, 10:41, but no one dislikes them because of homophobia or anti-Semitism or any of the other 'cards' some have tried to play here. These guys have been trying to get one over on the village (zoning, housing the sex offender, etc), they got caught, now they're trying to spin it into everyone else's fault, and the Times have bought into it with monthly updates disguised as 'news'.

Anonymous said...

422... did you bill the village for that too

Anonymous said...

LOL 9:23... maybe I should. Make no mistake, the Village leaders are inept (look at last Summer's debacle with the 'intollerabe' noise created by an outdoor establishment) and there's an undercurrent of jealousy regarding competing businesses that raises questions of 'conflict of interest', but some are trying to make this a referendum on '-isms' way outside the radar of pure greed for tourism dollars.
Since these guys are versed in law (not so much in business management, apparently), they know they can go to the Daily Blab at will to plead their side while the Village has to go through their lawyers for approved soundbites. If they knew what they were doing with their money and all that grant money when it came to fixing up the place, they'd have much less issues with the local municipality. Once they saw all the previous hidden flaws, they should have worked with the code office, not tried to get one over on them with the tenant issue.

Anonymous said...

And it continues. Mayor last night said The board is powerless to stop their lawyers. Out of their control. TI Inn may lose their 225k Grant. One board member lost it and invoked his I am not a bumpkin caRd. Sad indeed. MaYor sat by slack jawed. A rudder less board wasting lots of taxpayers money. Pushing 70k. Tax and spend... go to Clayton and see the circus.