Liz Kormos' lawyer: Charges are inadequate

As of this point, the town considers Robinson's statement legitimate.

"It is my understanding that the board considers the written statement prepared by Roz Robinson, together with the documents forwarded to [Lauricella] constitute the Complaint against [Kormos]," New Scotland Supervisor Tom Dolin said in a Monday, Oct. 27, letter.

Further, Lauricella said in a letter dated Friday, Oct. 31, that general municipal law states in section 808 (3), that "the Town Board can not act as the Board of Ethics." He said the law states the ethics board must have at "least three members a majority of whom are not otherwise officers or employees of such municipality."

Mackey said in a letter to Dolin, also dated Oct. 31, that adopting a new local law could remedy the situation.

"As far as the current hearing goes, it can proceed before the County Ethics Board. The law gives that board jurisdiction in the event there is no local board," Mackey's letter states.

Lauricella also criticized the evidence the board has presented, and said the redacted documents sent to Kormos regarding the matter should have been sent untainted.

"Ms. Kormos is entitled to see these documents unredacted. The town is not entitled to make redactions to evidence without court approval," he wrote.

"It's another reason that this whole thing has been mishandled from day one," Lauricella said in a later interview. "I think that the whole thing should be dropped."

Lauricella also said he believes Peg Neri, a member of the Town Board, should recuse herself from the matter, since Lauricella believes prior comments Neri made about Kormos' alleged conflict of interest show she has a bias against her.

Neri did not respond to inquiries made by the Spotlight Newspapers seeking comment.

Lauricella is also asking the town to provide a list of witnesses it plans to call in the proceedings. Dolin said the town is still planning to hold a public hearing to determine if Kormos has violated the town's ethics code, but no date is set. A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29, but was postponed due to concerns from Lauricella about "general procedure and due process." Dolin said that the town postponed the hearing to give Lauricella adequate time to prepare Kormos' defense.

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