The Westchester County Board of Acquisition and Contract, which must approve most contracts let by the county government, approved 29 contracts Thursday morning despite objections from Democratic Legislator Lyndon Williams that a decision had gone the Democrat’s way in a continuing legal dispute.
The board’s Democratic leadership filed a lawsuit challenging the composition of the A & C board in March and this week the county attorney told a judge it would not move to bring the full Board of Legislators into the case. The board’s lawyers have argued that action is necessary if the county executive wants to invalidate the law replacing the public works director with the budget director on A & C. The county attorney has declared the law improperly executed and County Executive Rob Astorino has refused to implement it.
Williams, the Board of Legislators’ vice chairman, who was sitting in for Chairman Ken Jenkins, objected Thursday to the public works director taking part in the meeting. But the administration disputes that it needs to bring the board into the lawsuit to challenge the law and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, who chaired the A & C meeting, kept Public Works Commissioner Jay Pisco at the table. A & C has three members: the county executive, the chairman of the legislature and the public works director.
“As you know the validity of that law is before a judge,” Plunkett said.
Williams also tried to unilaterally add an item to the agenda, which he argued the Board of Legislators has the legal power to do, but Plunkett said that power is also in dispute as part of the A & C lawsuit.
Here’s a link to the latest on the A & C lawsuit.