Clarkstown Retains Law Firm to Handle Tax Certiorari

Outside firm replaces deputy town attorney


At its final meeting of 2011, the Clarkstown Town Board voted to eliminate the position of deputy town attorney and hire a private law firm to handle the workload.

Supervisor Alex Gromack said the decision was made to save money as part of an ongoing consolidation of government services.

Deputy Town Attorney ’s contract was not renewed and expired on December 31, 2011.  Last year, Coopersmith of Pearl River, who was responsible for most of the town’s tax certiorari matters, earned $126,590.  On Tuesday, at the 2012 Town Reorganization meeting, the board agreed to hire the White Plains law firm of Joseph J. Savino to handle all tax certiorari matters for Clarkstown for an annual retainer of $87,000.

Gromack had estimated the could save between $75,000 and $80,000 in salary and benefits by using an outside firm.  The board’s Tuesday vote decreased the town attorney’s salaries account by $87,000 and increased the town attorney fees for services account by $87,000.  The initial draft of the 2012 budget allocated $150,000 for tax certiorari, compared to $80,000 in the 2011 amended budget.  

Lance Dugby January 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Personally, I am very disappointed in Frank Sparaco. I hope the Carkstown Taxpayers can field a candidate. I cannot stand all this sleaziness. And to think GROMACK, is part of all this slime. Clarkstown has turned inti a cesspool under his leadership.
Lance Dugby January 12, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Lettre had no experience I construction except for a failed business with his brother. ...He was put in charge of construction and got over $100,000 in raises Nick Longo had ZERO experience as a Tax Assessor. ...He was named Tax Assessor Amaie Vargas is a lawyer with ZERO experience in Finance. ...She was appointed Clarkstown Finance Director. Joel Epstein had a restaurant which closed down. ...He was appointed Code Enforcement Officer and now makes $168,000 after getting a 16%raise this year. Jay Savino, an attorney who says he lives in the Bronx has ZERO experience representing Municipal Hovernment in Tax Certiori matters. GROMACK Appoints him to handle all tax certiorari matters for the Town. I could go on and on but you get the idea. NONE OF THESE PEOPLE WERE QUALIFIED FOR THESE JOBS. OUR TOWN, YOUR TOWN AND MINE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A CORRUPT PATRONAGE MILL I find that disgusting Mr. Gromack.
Sam January 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
This is all sickening!
Anthony Mele January 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
So, the bidding process in Clarkstown is different than anywhere else. A Town Attorney, "researches" aka price fixing other suppliers, then gives the job to the best priced supplier - who has it happens to turn out, should be another party boss, replacing yet, another party boss. DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance to POLITICAL GRAFT involving persons, living, dead or pending incarceration is purely coincidental. Any resemblance and treatment of the hard-working tax paying public of Clarkstown to an ATM Machine is strictly pre-meditated and purely intentional. My Name is Anthony Mele, and if any of you did not know it, I have been doing something about it for several years now.
stephany January 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
In 2004 not long before Gromack appointed Mele she was just a purchasing agent http://tinyurl.com/6qgbwre Make ya kinda wonder how she was so vital to clarkstown and if she may be feeling a little too grateful while in her decision making mode. From purchasing agent to Town attorney in a couple of years and passing so many long time deputy attorneys. sounds right I guess or maybe she just couldn't be in the same office with her father.


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