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Suffolk term-limit clash: LaValle brushes off Montano invite

Despite his tough talk about subpoenas, Legis. Rick Montano says he will first invite Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle to testify at a legislative committee before seeking to force him to appear.

Montano said he has sent certified letters to LaValle’s home and office, asking him to appear voluntarily before the next ways and means committee meeting this Wednesday. ”We don’t do a subpoena without giving someone the full oportunity to appear voluntarily,” said Montano.

Montano wants laValle to explain his published remarks that the lawmaker’s resolution to pursue an appeal of the court ruling on the county term limit law was “political retribution” because District Attorney Thomas Spota refused to do an investigation sought by Montano during his recent State Senate campaign against Assemb. Philip Boyle.

LaValle said he has no plans to show up. “This is a matter to be decided in a court of law not the political arena,” he said. ”I assume Rick Montano is still angry about his overwhelming loss to Phil Boyle and for that I can’t apologize.”

Meanwhile, Stuart Besen, the special county attorney on the term limit lawsuit, said he has only billed the county $3,000 to $4,000 on the case to date. The majority of lawmakers opposing the appeal have cited cost as the main reason they do not want to pursue the suit.

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