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Lawsuit is a Democratic stunt

This Oyster Bay mailing is the subject of

This Oyster Bay mailing is the subject of a lawsuit. The suit was filed in state court in Mineola alleging that Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town of Oyster Bay violated state laws by sending political mailers disguised as town information. Photo Credit: Town of Oyster Bay

The Sept. 27 news article “Suit: Flyers slanted politically” fails to mention important points.

The lawsuit claims that town mailings are really political ads. First, the plaintiffs are contributors to Democrats. Jayne Ann McPartlin gave $200 to Democrat Marc Herman, who is running for Oyster Bay Town supervisor. Cathleen Colvin made contributions totaling $1,350 to the Nassau County Democratic Committee between April 2013 and March 2016.

Second, the plaintiffs’ law firm is also a financial contributor to a Democratic candidate for the town board. On June 26, the law firm Barket Marion Epstein & Kearon LLP gave $1,000 to the Friends of James Versocki campaign.

Third, the lead attorney, Amy Marion, was an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for a district court judgeship in 2009.

Last, but perhaps most important, the Town of Oyster Bay Ethics Board found no impropriety in the mailing that was the subject of alleged bipartisan criticism.

It is ironic that a lawsuit claiming that government funds were used for political purposes is, itself, a thinly disguised, politically motivated stunt.

Joseph Nocella, Seaford

Editor’s note: The writer is the town attorney for Oyster Bay and a Republican committee member.

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