Supervisor Hyde and her political allies that form the core of the faction she currently represents have kept Miller, Mannix, Schachner, and Hafner on speed dial since they came into power last year; spending many thousands of dollars having the Town’s legal counsel give advice on everything from newspaper articles, foil requests, the Jax Wax party, to drafting and revising resolutions; in addition to matters concerning the Town’s Bond resolution. The dismissal of Schachner is something that Supervisor Hyde must feel acutely; especially since she invited Schachner to appear at the Town’s organizational meeting this year to help her argue her policy stances on resolutions.
In addition to the reasons discussed previously in the piece entitled “On the Matter of the Dismissal of the Town Attorney”, the current debt crisis that looms over the Town serves as yet another reason supporting the decision to dismiss the Town’s legal counsel. Although Supervisor Hyde herself signed the paperwork wherein she certified that the State did not own enough land within the Town to require the Town to first obtain permission from the State Comptrollers before taking out the Bond Anticipation Note; the Town’s Bond counsel is also at fault.
Acting as the Bond counsel; the Town’s legal counsel issued an opinion on May 31st 2017 stating that based on the information provided to them by officials of the Town they concluded that the Town’s BAN was issued in compliance “with the Constitution and statutes of the State of New York.” In the letter issued on June 1st of this year; the law offices of Miller, Mannix, Schachner, and Hafner claimed that they had been informed by Supervisor Hyde that she did not believe that the Town was beneath the statutory threshold for State owned land within the Town. They proceeded to state that after hearing this from Supervisor Hyde, the same Supervisor who signed the Issuers Certificate certifying that the Town was below the threshold, they immediately contacted the Town Assessor and asked him to calculate the percentage of State owned land within the Town; implying that they hadn’t previously contacted the Assessor to ask for such a calculation. Why did the law offices of Miller, Mannix, Schachner, and Hafner not call the Town Assessor back in May of 2017 or prior, before issuing their opinion stating that all relevant statutes and the Constitution had been complied with? Had they done so; the current debt crisis might not be as severe as it currently is. These events and the discovery of this oversight raise an equally worrisome question about the quality of the other services rendered by the Town’s now dismissed legal counsel.