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Yorktown is Headed in the Wrong Direction
Supervisor Michael Grace recently stated he was taking Yorktown in a "different direction." Grace stated that he needed to hire Michael McDermott as Town Attorney as a means to that end.
Since January, Supervisor Grace has changed long established "public comment" rules and scheduled several questionable "closed door" meetings.
These changes have hampered public's participation, hindered the taxpayer's right to know and arguably may have skirted the state's transparency laws. It's hard to see how these changes are in the public’s best interest.
Subsequently, Grace has been taken to court for allegedly violating the NYS Open Meetings Law. NYS Supreme Court Justice Jamieson has cautioned Grace against taking any steps to circumvent the rule of law.
According to published reports, Grace has allegedly violated the court’s warning at his first “closed door” meeting and is now could be liable for possible legal sanctions.
Does McDermott represent Grace or does he protect the taxpayers interest in this matter? The two seem to be in stark contrast from one another.
Where is Yorktown’s Ethics Board? Is moving from democracy toward a quasi-dictatorship what Grace meant by taking Yorktown in a “different direction?"
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