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Huntington hires legal team to fight LIPA

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, right, and

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, right, and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson hold a news conference to announce efforts to fight the Long Island Power Authority's challenge of the assessment on the Northport Power Plant in Northport. (Jan. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: Joel Cairo

The Huntington Town Board voted this week to hire a law firm and consultant to assist in the defense of the Long Island Power Authority’s challenge of the tax assessment of the Northport power plant.

LIPA filed a lawsuit in October in State Supreme Court against the towns of Brookhaven and Huntington, arguing its power plants in Northport and Port Jefferson are incorrectly assessed.

The vote, taken at the board’s Tuesday meeting, approved hiring the law firm of Lewis & Greer, P.C. of Poughkeepsie and consultants Industrial & Utility Valuation Consultants of Albany.

Lewis & Greer, which represented the Shoreham-Wading River school district in its fight with the LILCO over the closed Shoreham nuclear plant, specializes in defending municipalities confronted with tax review proceedings.

The firm will be paid $185 an hour. Industrial & Utility Valuation Consultants will be paid $250 an hour.

Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone, right, and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson hold a news conference to announce efforts to fight the Long Island Power Authority challenge of the assessment on the Northport Power Plant in Northport. (Photo by Joel Cairo / Jan. 5, 2011)

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