YONKERS, NY — January 7, 2012– It was 2011; it was the last meeting of the Clarkstown Town Board. Supervisor Alex Gromack demanded a vote to eliminate the position of deputy town attorney in order to hire a private law firm to handle the workload. This, on the basis of an ongoing effort to reduce government services costs through consolidation. In reality it is a thinly veiled triangle that ties The Bronx GOP with the Rockland GOP with the County of Westchester, specifically the law firm of Joseph J. Savino.
Deputy Clarkstown Attorney Marsh Coopersmith’s contract was not renewed, instead, the contract was allowed to expire on December 31, 2011. Ms. Coopersmith earned $126,590 last year. The Pearl River attorney was mostly consumed with the town’s tax certiorari matters. On Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Clarkstown Reorganization meeting, the board agreed to hire the White Plains based law firm of Joseph J. Savino to handle all tax certiorari matters for Clarkstown for an annual retainer of $87,000.
Joseph J. Savino (pictured upper left), commonly known as Jay Savino is a lawyer and presently the chairman of The Bronx Republican Party. He maintains residence in The Bronx, but his wife, using her maiden name, resides in Rockland with their children. Jay Savino, long operating to consolidate power among The Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties was instrumental in steering the New York City Board of Elections toward choosing the voting machines that are known to be the rationale for a continuing FBI investigation that connects Anthony Mangone (pictured right) and the New York City Board of Elections voting machine contract.
Vincent D. Reda, chairman of the Rockland County GOP, has a protégé in Frank Sparaco, a Valley Cottage native who was elected to the Rockland County Legislature serving the 11th District,
On December 6, 2011, Frank Sparaco’s mother-in-law, Debra Ortutay (pictured right), also of Valley Cottage, pleaded guilty to perjury and falsifying records. The law firm to represent Debra Ortutay was that of Joseph J. Saviono’s White Plains office.
Interestingly, Debra Ortutay was elected as a State Committee Member of the Rockland Independence Party and in 2010 was elected the Chairwoman of the Rockland County Independence Party
Sentencing regarding Ortutay is scheduled for February 27th, 2012, in Rockland County Court.