Hours before tonight's (Monday, 10/19) Osborn debate, Rye mayoral candidate Doug French is calling for a litigation and case management committee to oversee the city's legal department. City legal work is overseen by Corporation Counsel Kevin Plunkett.
We hear French is going to try and turn up the heat after a fairly mild exchange at the League of Women Voter's debate last week.
Here is the preemptive strike (AKA news release) issued by French:
FRENCH CALLS FOR RYE CITY TO ESTABLISH A LITIGATION AND CASE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2009
RYE, NY- Rye City Mayoral Candidate, Doug French (R-C) who is running on a platform to bring new leadership and fiscal management back to Rye is calling on the City to establish a Litigation and Case Management Committee to oversee the rising burden of litigation facing Rye.
“Our legal department is the only core function in our government that does not have management or committee oversight. Given the dramatic rise in disputes the City is engaged in to include project home run, the dredging case, the Schubert case, the Shew case, and the ongoing 12-year Osborn Home litigation to name a few – I think we need to ensure there is oversight in these cases and that there is transparency in the process. I recommend we put together a committee of attorneys – similar to our finance committee – to review the legal process and expense,” French said.
“This is about responsible governance and we can no longer afford to rely on the old way of doing things. The City’s legal bills have double over the last six years and the rapid increase in cases demands a new approach,” French continued.
Doug French, 46, is a Global Vice President at Thomson Reuters Corporation, a world-wide leader in news and business information. He is a Rye community leader with 22 years of public service and a long list of accomplishments serving Rye.
He is running for the office of Rye City Mayor in the upcoming November election on 11/3 along with Suzanna Keith, Peter Jovanovich and Richard Filippi for City Council on the Change for Rye ticket.