The Mayor read the following statement at the July 27th Village Committee Meetings:
"As you recall at the last Village Board Meeting, Trustee Mandel slandered me and my administrator by accusing us of illegal and improper conduct regarding the Ziegler Sales Tax Rebate Agreement.
Because of this accusation, our Village Attorney was requested to write a memorandum of law pertaining to this topic and how the meetings with Trustees on the Ziegler manner were held.
As you can tell from reading this memorandum (click here to read memorandum), there was absolutely no misconduct or illegal acts committed with respect to the meetings.
Since 2013, as Mayor, I have tried to perform my mayoral duties with the highest ethics and integrity, and so has our Administration.
Not only was I offended and insulted by Trustee Mandel's accusations regarding my conduct as a mayor, but I have been, for the past 37 years a practicing attorney, with never a disciplinary mark on my record.
Being accused of wrongdoing by someone ignorant of the law is not appreciated and uncalled for. Trustees are elected officials of this Village and should conduct themselves appropriately, especially at Board Meetings.
I have authorized the publication of the legal memorandum regarding this matter for public reading, and it will be posted on our Village website.
Anyone who has issues or questions regarding this is welcome to contact me."