Oct 11, 2010 Russ Tarby Uncategorized
A familiar name surfaced in the Jordan-Elbridge School District fiasco. Dennis O’Hara, the lawyer representing three disciplined school administrators there, is the same attorney who was unceremoniously dismissed by the Liverpool school board in November 2008 in the aftermath of a critical state Comptroller’s audit of the Liverpool district.
O’Hara’s now representing David Zehner, William Hamilton and Anthony Scro.
Scro, the district treasurer, was fired Sept. 9. Zehner was suspended with pay as principal at Jordan-Elbridge High School on Sept. 21.
Hamilton, assistant superintendent for business and finance, was put on paid administrative leave in July after he questioned the billing practices of district lawyer Danny Mevec. Meanwhile, school board members confirmed that Mevec was romantically involved with J-E school board member Jeanne Pieklik.
But here’s another incestuous innuendo – Mevec previously worked for Denny O’Hara’s own law firm! Small world, eh?
O’Hara, who specializes in education law and finance, maintained that the actions against his three J-E clients were not approved at public school board meetings.
While their world crumbles around them, the J-E school board finally found the gumption to dismiss Danny Mevec as its attorney on Oct. 6.
Before O’Hara was let go in Liverpool two years ago, his O’Hara, O’Connell & Ciotoli law firm had charged LCSD $1,452,400 in fees from 2004-06. That was about $1 million more than what North Syracuse paid the partners during the same time frame.
My, how quickly those billable hours add up! J-E found out the hard way…
Puerile posts bite Price
Sheriff’s candidate Joe Price, a Democrat, learned the high price of posting puerile opinions on a public Internet forum. He’s now a man without a party.
The Post-Standard, the institution which runs the cyber-soap box, made a fool of Price with its front-page expos on Sept. 24. That afternoon the county Democratic Committee promptly disowned Price because of his racist and homophobic computer comments. Democratic Chairwoman Diane Dwire announced that her party was pulling all support – financial and otherwise – from the Price campaign. His name will still appear on the Democratic line on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Looks like a cakewalk for incumbent Sheriff Kevin Walsh, a Republican.
Five decades of fun!
Syracuse bandleader Mickey Vendetti is preparing to mark his golden anniversary in the music biz on. Saturday Oct. 23 at Le Moyne Manor, 629 Old Liverpool Road. The celebration of rock’n’roll through the decades begins at 7 p.m. with an opening performance by TimeLine.
Tickets cost $10 and are available at Gilligan’s Pub, 3601 James St. in Eastwood, or call Mickey directly at 345-1002.
But you can hear Mickey sing a few tunes today, on Liverpool Public Library’s “Local Artist Spotlight” program, which streams online daily at 1 and 7 p.m. On the show, I interview Mick about his five decades as an area entertainer, and we play tracks from his two recent discs, “The Best of the Goodtime Band Live” and “Sentimental Journey.” A veteran keyboardist and singer, Vendetti estimates that over the years he has played more than 4,000 wedding receptions and private parties.
To listen, visit lpl.org and click on Radio LPL.
Rockin’ for Camp Goodwill
Four rockin’ bands will perform a benefit for Camp Goodwill from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 16 at The Castaways in Brewerton. High Esteem’s Camp Goodwill is a Chittenango-based camp for disabled kids, and it’s the home of Creepy Camp every Halloween season.
The quadruple bill features Smokin’ with Galeville keyboardist Bobby Lindberg, the Fab 570 with local Beatles’ fanatic Paul Davie on bass and host band The Coachmen featuring Liverpool’s own John Salatamach on trumpet and vocals. Admission costs $10; highesteem.homestead.com; 655-9735.