Troy City Councilman Bill Dunne (D-District 4) said that the City Council got served today with a lawsuit filed by none other than Troy's mayor, Harry Tutunjian. The suit has been filed in Rensselaer County Supreme Court and named every member of the council, as well as the office of Troy Comptroller.
"We don't believe that there is an office of comptroller; it probably just should have said Debbie Witkowski," Dunne said, as he scanned from the papers served.
The mayor, Dunne said reading from the suit, "will bring an application for temporary restraining order to enjoin the enforcement of ordinance 5 and 6, passed on March 6th, 2008, overriding the mayor's veto of ordinances 4 and 9 passed on Feb. 22, 2008."
The lawsuit revolves around last fall's controversial pay raises for the Republican mayor's political appointees and the Democratic council's efforts--after seizing the majority last November--to rescind eight of those raises, affecting Dept. of Public Works Commissioner Bob Mirch, Corporation Counsel David Mitchell, and others.
"This all goes back to one thing, Harry didn't put the pay raises in the proposed budget. He waited until after the election. Had he put them in and won, what would we have said? Nothing. But he created this situation," Dunne said. "He chose to ignore common sense. And it is them bringing the lawsuit, not us."
Members of the council will be meeting tonight to discuss its course of action, including who it will use as its representation.
The case will be appear Friday in front of Rensselaer Judge Henry Zwack.