Of course it's not the Village suing, it's a number of residents (not including, as some have noted, His Honor). I wonder how many of those residents asked who would be paying to prosecute this suit, or to defend against it? Because whether or not they're right, once it's on, attorneys get involved, and you can be sure that the Town is going to have an attorney answer this notice of claim . . . and they'll charge it to the "A" fund that we all pay.
Now I understand that the situation is complex - that's why Terry needed to have "lawsuit parties" where he would spend an hour or so explaining it to a group of people before asking if they wanted to sign on or not. But in the clusterf*ck that is one government within another, does it occur to anybody on that notice that the only people that are going to pay to litigate or settle this mess is us? This is financial masturbation, plain and simple.
How about the two boards sit down and talk it out? Figure out a solution - and leave your damned egos at home, thanks. I understand that some of your are steamed about being sued, and some of you are irked about being swindled, but every person in New Paltz will be paying to fix what was likely a mistake.
Terry Dungan is known for not telling his own Board anything, and I think he probably didn't make a real effort to work with the Town - or if he did, no one knew what he meant. He's smart, but not a real communicator. Toni Hokanson will defend the Town's interest fiercely, and despite her protests will forget that the Village is part of the Town. We can't afford to have Terry push forward with a suit that's premature, nor can we afford for Toni not to work out a solution that benefits the citizens. I don't really give a damn which government gets the money in the end, as long as it doesn't end up in my tax bill.
Let's watch how this unfolds carefully. If, by the next election, it's not settled with NO cost to the taxpayers, can we agree to vote out of office anyone who comes up for election? And to continue on that route until all ten have been replaced? This is the reason why unification needs to happen: I don't want them fighting over how much of my money they get to piddle away hating each other. I know that not every sitting Board and Council member is responsible for this debacle, but we need to send a message that they will all be held accountable if this is not ended now. I'm sure that cooler heads will prevail if it's clear that people in New Paltz are serious. It's an embarassment, an unnecessary expense, and should have been avoided by working it out like adults. Okay, mature adults.