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Siegel: Escrow Law is Legal and Constitutional

This letter was written in it's entirety by Yorktown Supervisor, Susan Siegel. Candidate for Yorktown Supervisor, Michael Grace submitted a letter last week in response to Siegel's original letter on escrow fees .

As a lawyer, one would have expected Michael Grace to check his facts before commenting on a situation that he is so obviously unfamiliar with.FACT: The escrow law IS legal. It IS constitutional. Prior to adopting it, the Town Board consulted with experienced land use attorneys.FACT:. The town does have a retainer agreement with the outside law firm that represents our interests for planning and zoning issues. The agreement has been modified twice since it was first signed in March, 2010.FACT: In 2010, Mr. Grace submitted his resume for the job of either outside town attorney or outside attorney for planning and zoning issues – both on a retainer basis. Now, he’s saying that the town should have a staff attorney.FACT: The Winery’s bill for legal services wasn’t $9,000. It was $4,864, a fact Mr. Grace could easily have confirmed with his running mate, Tom DeChiaro.Fact: The Croton Overlook applicant wasn’t charged $35,000 to review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Mr. Grace clearly doesn’t know the difference between escrow fees for outside legal or environmental services and fees for reviewing an EIS. The latter fee is authorized by New York State Law and was incorporated into the Yorktown Town Code in 1987 – when Mr. Grace was Town Attorney.All the above information is available to the public.One can only wonder why Mr. Grace didn't take the time to ask for it before trying to confuse fact with fiction and the truth with campaign exaggerations.

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