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Attorneys bill Weedsport $25,572 so far for undisclosed employee issue

Weedsport has run up more than $25,000 in attorney fees in connection with an investigation of a complaint that a village employee filed in December, records obtained by The Citizen show.

Invoices to the village from the Syracuse-based law firm of Bond, Schoeneck, & King were disclosed in response to a state Freedom of Information Law request made by the newspaper.

Bond, Schoeneck, & King first entered the scene for the village on Dec. 15, when attorney John Callahan conferred with village attorney David Thurston “regarding investigation of … claim filed by village employee,” one of the invoices shows. Callahan also examined the complaint and investigated the background of the complainant. The description of the type of complaint filed, and against whom, was redacted.

From Dec. 15 through March 31, the village has been billed a total of $25,571.66 by Bond, Schoeneck, & King. Legal fees totaled $25,457.50 for 79 hours of labor, and $114.16 of the bills went toward additional fees and reimbursements. All of these fees are in addition to the $1,000 Thurston receives each month as the village’s official lawyer.

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