audio recording public hearing which was not scheduled by the Board of Trustees, but the date chosen by a consulting attorney (not a board member, in violation of the Open Meetings Law); followed by by the unlawful appointment of an Orange County resident to the office of Treasurer of the Village of Monticello. The Village Clerk failed to send notice of the public hearing in a timely manner (she said in the meeting that she sent it out on Friday, August 2, 2013; not within the seven days required by Village Law § 21-2100), announcing the date arbitrarily chosen by the consulting attorney from Nyack, to the public and media within the required time-frame.
These knowing and intentional errors, by Mayor Gordon Jenkins and Village Clerk Janine Gandy, violated the Open Meetings Law in an egregious manner, placing the Village and the office of Treasurer at legal risk.
A lawfully convened public hearing was required to precede passage of a local law allowing an out-of-county appointment in this instance. That did not occur, since adequate public notice was not given of the meeting; and because the board itself did not set the date, time, and place of the meeting. (The village's "special counsel" lacks the authority to do this.)
Like any local law, such a the measure is not effective until it is filed with the office of the Secretary of State in Albany. Disregarding State law, and violating their oaths of office, three members of the board proceeded to pretend to appoint this lady from Monroe as Treasurer, after being advised repeatedly that they were placing the Village at financial and legal risk by intentionally violating the law.