Press Release

 Pawling Taxpayers Drop Lawsuit

On April 17, 2018, three Pawling residents filed a Lawsuit in NY Supreme court claiming the retroactive appointment of former Town Supervisor David Kelley on January 3 of 2018 was illegal under the New York State Municipal Code.  The trial court judge, based in Poughkeepsie, decided not to rule on NY Town Law 64(5) about the retroactive nature of the appointment. Instead, she suggested that it need not be addressed at this time since Mr. Kelly has not served 10 years in office. . . yet.

The three plaintiffs appealed to the Appellate Division of The State Supreme Court in Brooklyn and the case was again scheduled to be heard in 2019.

Through the Freedom Of Information Act, the plaintiffs were able to obtain invoices processed by the Town of Pawling confirming that the former supervisor Kelley (now out of office) was terminated from the town health insurance effective January 1, 2019.  This verification of the health insurance ending prior to the “10 years of continuous service” required for the lifetime health insurance benefit made the lawsuit no longer necessary in the plaintiff’s opinion.  Currently, Pawling’s Town Board, who work part-time, are eligible for full-time family health coverage now costing $28,953.24 per family.

It is estimated by the plaintiffs that this termination saved Pawling Taxpayers over $300,000 in future health care payments for just this one individual.