Nicholas Perrone’s lengthy article “Town pushes EIC to pay…” [Inquirer, Sept. 13] is chock full of he saids, she saids; it appears that the cost of Edgemont’s 2018 appeal is still being contested in the ongoing battle of the raging invoices.
From the article, “According to court documents, on Nov. 9, 2018, Robert Spolzino, acting as Supervisor Paul Feiner’s attorney, submitted a bill of cost, which designated $31,770 in appellate printing costs from Appeal Press LLC out of White Plains.”
“On November 15, 2018, the EIC’s lawyer James Hallowell of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher fired back at the disbursements calling the $31,770 ‘not reasonable’ and ’not supported by any documentation.’
Paragraphs in the article however document the path and providence of the he saids, she saids regarding submitted costs. Bob Bernstein, ECC president and petitioner, is quoted: “They (town of Greenburgh) just said that’s what we incurred, take our word for it.” Or alternatively, you could take the word of the EIC.
Then I learn, from the front page lead story continuing on page 5, this “momentous” event. “On Aug. 25, one day before the EIC was set to submit its second Article 78 proceeding in response to Feiner’s July 26 petition denial, Lewis (Greenburgh town attorney) sent an email to Hallowell requesting the EIC pay the full bill of costs.”
“The timing of it was such that they were clearly trying to weaponize the costs,” said Bernstein (stretching for a quote heard round the world).
This appears to be no more than a play for sympathy by Bernstein relabeling a dunning notice from Lewis (acting as the town’s debt collector) into a political action savaging Edgemont incorporation. Or perchance the timing of the second Article 78 filing was the EIC’s reaction to reminders of an unpaid financial obligation. Perhaps by neither paying or settling the disputed amount, the EIC is “weaponizing” an overdue debt by warning the town and its wary taxpayers against assuming new costs incurred to defend against the second Article 78.
But let’s suppose the EIC wins its second round appeal, the vote is taken and Edgemont, former section of Greenburgh, is now Edgemont, the village. An ad hoc government is formed and then discussions commence over renting needed services from nearby municipalities, say, the unincorporated town of Greenburgh. Just when you’ve finished lengthy negotiations to settle an overdue debt, how receptive will the town be to sit down with the same persons to discuss new contracts and payment schedules for provided services? Perhaps there’s already a clue to that future in the article.
“Feiner told the Inquirer that Bernstein’s assertion of weaponized costs was ‘basically ridiculous’.”
And so it goes. “The farmer and the cowman should be friends … territory folks should stick together, territory folks should all be pals …” Oklahoma we ain’t!
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