Ice cream hearing cost city thousands

GLOVERSVILLE – The city had to pay a considerable amount of money to cover the cost of the Sno Kone Joe hearing regarding the owner’s permit being denied, city officials said.

City Finance Commissioner Bruce Van Genderen said this week the cost to hire outside counsel was $6,187.50 for the period of May 2 to June 3.

The city typically pays Anthony Casale as city attorney at an annual salary of $63,529; however, since he previously represented Sno Kone Joe driver Joshua Malatino in a separate case, he recused himself from the hearing, resulting in the city having to hire outside counsel.

The city instead used attorney Michael Albanese in the case at an hourly rate of $150, Mayor Dayton King said.

King previously said he was concerned with how much time, money and city resources were used to complete the hearing regarding the denial of Sno Kone Joe’s vendor permit.

However, the criminal proceedings scheduled for City Court later this month will not cost the city additional money because they will be handled by the District Attorney’s Office, said Casale.

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