Pawling residents sue town board in NYS Supreme Court

Residents of the town of Pawling, NY have filed suit in the NY State Supreme Court against the retroactive appointment of David Kelly to the position of Town Councilman. Kelly, who was voted off the board in last year’s public election, was reappointed without prior public notice or discussion at the January 3rd town board meeting when a position on the five-member board opened up.
The board then took the questionable act of making his appointment retroactive to the beginning of the year for the purpose of keeping Kelly’s time on the board “continuous service” and thus qualifying him, after next year, for lifetime health insurance. The future cost to Pawling’s taxpayers for such lifetime insurance benefits could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per individual.  The suit claims the board’s actions are in violation of NY State Town Law statutes.