Video:Democrats Cuthbertson and Petrone Try To Nominate Lifson As Town Attorney
The town board video below shows the exchange whereby Democrat Mark Cuthbertson offers the motion to nominate Republican Robert Lifson as town attorney followed by a second from Democrat Supervisor Frank Petrone. The meeting was held on January 8, 2013. Lifson’s attempt to become town attorney failed when Councilmen Mark Mayoka, Eugene Cook and Councilwoman Susan Berland voted no.
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According to the video, Cuthbertson says that he and Lifson discussed salary. Cuthbertson stated that Lifson would make $30,000 annually as attorney. The reason the town would pay him $30,000 is because Lifson also receives a state pension. When a person receives a NYS pension and at the same time that individual is employed in a municipality then said individual may not make over $30,000 from that municipality. Lifson’s town salary and pension combined would have been greater than $120,000 annually.