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Questions Still Unanswered In Utica About Hiring Attorney

Questions Still Unanswered in Utica About Hiring Attorney
Zach Lewis-WIBX

Utica, NY (WIBX) – As the controversy surrounding the Growest investigation builds, the finalization of hiring a new attorney is in limbo.

Councilman Frank Vescera is questioning the hiring of Laura Campion, a recent law school graduate who has yet to receive her law license, to work on the high-profile Growest case. He’s also seeking answers on whether her position is temporary or full-time.

Councilman and member of Estimate and Apportionment Ed Bucciero is also questioning the logistics and is now requesting the mayor come back to the board of Estimate and Apportionment to clarify Campion’s role, position and duty.

“I believe that the corporation council has defined the duties,” Bucciero said. “But it hasn’t been explored or explained to me so that I’m comfortable knowing what the duties are that the individual does matching up with the scope of the work.”

In addition to Bucciero, three other members of the common council, Frank Vescera, James Zecca and Jerry Kraus, met to discuss the hiring limbo and are also asking the mayor to revisit to the issue.

The next Estimate and Apportionment meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

If hired, the attorney will make an annual salary of $30,000, with the money coming from CDBG funding.

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