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Judge Murad Dismisses Case Against Mohawk Valley YWCA

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Utica, NY (WIBX) – The legal case brought against the Mohawk Valley YWCA has been dismissed by State Supreme Court Justice, David Murad.

The plantiffs’ case was originally brought up in July 2011 and involved three causes of action, but was later amended to eight.

According to Merritt Locke, the YWCA’s attorney, the plaintiffs claimed the Board of Directors for the YWCA failed to act properly with their decision to close the pool and did not properly hold their meetings before the decisions had been made. The case had also alleged an improper quorum of board members.

The YWCA’s executive director, Natalie Brown, said the cuts in question were made in June of last year after a nine-month review process. “The agency was faced with funding cuts – subsequently realized in 2010 and 2011 – due to a challenging economy and government cutbacks,” Brown said.

The decisions ended with the closure of two children’s centers, the Y girls program, the fitness center and the pool.

Locke says although the case has been dismissed, the decision may be appealed within 30 days.

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