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East Ramapo School Board settles legal dispute with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

East Ramapo School Board members, from left, Daniel

East Ramapo School Board members, from left, Daniel Schwartz, Yehuda Weissmandl, and Eliyahu Solomon attend a board meeting in Spring Valley. (Oct. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Faye Murman

The East Ramapo School Board settled its legal action against the state attorney general Monday regarding which attorney would represent board members in an investigation into the school district.

The board took legal action in August, challenging a letter from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, which is investigating the sale of two district properties after complaints by school district residents.

The state had requested that the district release 1,300 documents and suggested the district get another attorney because its regular lawyer would be called as a witness.

In its complaint against the state, the School Board said the attorney general had disrupted the board's relationship with its attorney and that it was cooperating with the investigation in good faith.

School board president Daniel Schwartz said Tuesday that under a settlement agreement the board will keep D'Agostino as its attorney and continue to withhold documents.

The board said that if Schneiderman's office wants the documents, it would have to sue.

The attorney general's office declined to comment on the matter when contacted late Tuesday.

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