Amy Mele Must Go
Clarkstown Town Attorney Amy Mele must resign or be fired. She failed to properly vet Mr. Jay Savino. Her recommendation for his retention appears in the resolution through which he was retained. When her recommendation and her vetting process were questioned, she was adamant in her endorsement of Mr. Savino. She brushed away all evidence of concern about his moral character, in particular evidence from a wiretap that suggested that he was interfering with the orders of a Federal Judge. She recently drafted a resolution for his continued retention and again strongly endorsed him.
Now Mr. Savino has confirmed the doubts about his moral character by being found in a Federal investigation to have accepted a bribe. So Ms. Mele’s vetting and repeated endorsements demonstrate gross incompetence in the performance of her duties for the Town. That alone is sufficient grounds for resignation or dismissal.
Further questions remain about her ties to Mr. Savino and the Town Board should be asking those questions and reporting back to the taxpayers of the Town who paid her salary.
The Town Board needs to be as decisive on this matter as they were with terminating the contract with Mr. Savino.