“Former Mayor Demeza Delhomme has gone to court to force the village to pay his nearly $150,000 legal bill to fight off an attempt by citizens to oust him from office.
Delhomme’s lawsuit argues that New York’s public officer’s law states the village must pay his legal costs, particularly since a referee refused to kick him out of office, ruling that’s a decision left to the voters. Delhomme lost a September primary election won by Alan Simon, who later replaced him as mayor.
The February legal action claims three trustees — Vilair Fonvil, Asher Grossman and Sherry McGill — acted politically and illegally to deny the repayment to the White Plains firm of Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, which represented Delhomme.
The three citizens who took legal action to oust him were represented by attorneys tied to Fonvil, who was booted from office on a felony conviction for stealing village funds. Fonvil has asked the trial judge to dismiss his conviction. His next court date is April 24.
Delhomme’s lawsuit noted that prior to the referee’s ruling, two judges found the village must pay Delhomme’s legal fees, decisions noted by the village’s special counsel, Dennis Lynch, who recommended the board pay Delhomme’s lawyers.”
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