Engineering Dirty Deals That Hurt Port Chester Taxpayers
Photo: Attorney Michael "Ka Ching Ka Ching Ka Ching" Carvin, brother of Rye Supervisor Joseph Carvin
Long-time Republican insider and the brother of Rye Town Supervisor Joseph Carvin, has been hired by Port Chester's Republican trustees for $750 an hour.
Thanks to Sam Terenzi and Bart Didden, Port Chester taxpayers are on the hook for a total cost of $225,000 to fight the Department of Justice this week.
Port Chester Homeowners and responsible local leaders are crying foul.
Micheal Carvin, of the firm Jones Day, will now prepare to appeal a federal judge's decision that declared Port Chester in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Port Chester's initial legal battle with the justice department cost the village $1.2 million. Opponents of the decision to appeal say the new $225,000 legal bill could balloon and eventually rival what Port Chester has already spent.
The decision to hire Michael Carvin comes as the Town of Rye – which includes Port Chester – is taking a look at its own ethics policies.
They had to get the Rye Town Supervisor's brother hired before the spotlight was put on government ethics policies.
Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla has said the village policy requires a minimum of three bids, and the four Republican and Conservative trustees who voted for the appeal–Kenner, as well as Trustees Bart Didden, Sam Terenzi and John Branca–should have interviewed more than the minimum three candidates to dispel even the appearance of nepotism or a conflict-of-interest.
The Port Chester purchasing policy is very clear it says that need at keast three bids.
Hiring Michael "Ka Ching Ka Ching Ka Ching" Carvin could hurt Port Chester's case since the original decision painted Port Chester as an exclusionary village that disenfranchised minority voters in favor of insiders and a majority voting bloc.
Republican insiders keep getting rich off these failed voting rights cases.
Last time, the losing attorney representing Port Chester in the case was Anthony Piscionere, the former chairman of the Rye Republican Party.
This case is about the Port Chester system looking closed.
Port Chester's political system looks closed when the board of trustees brings in the Republican chairman and the Republican supervisor's brother to be the lawyers.