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Croton Village Attorney Marianne Stecich Makes it Official and Resigns as Counsel

June 12, 2006

As a follow up to a breaking news story posted on June 4, 2006, titled “Croton Village Attorney Springs a Surprise”, as expected, Village Attorney Marianne Stecich tendered her resignation letter to the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees in a letter read by Manager Rick Herbek at the June 5, 2006 meeting.

The following video excerpt and transcript summarizes the correspondence from Ms. Stecich and includes commentary from Mayor Schmidt—who made her appointment last year—and Mr. Herbek who indicates that she will continue to be available for counsel to the village until the end of June, 2006.

Video clip:

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Video transcript:

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: Um, we, um, Village Attorney Marianne Stecich is not going to be here tonight ah, so, ah, do you have that, do you want to read that report? What happened the other day.

Village Manager Rick Herbek: The next resolution, correspondence, I’m sorry is from Marianne Stecich of the firm Stecich, Murphy & Lamer, and in this letter, Marianne ah, has, is informing the board that she has decided not to renew her contract with the village—which ends on June 6, 2006. Ah, she does in the letter ah, make mention of the amount of time in representing the village which has been far greater than she ever anticipated. And because of other client demands, she has decided that her firm can no longer continue representing the village.

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “She’s also had a lot of um, family issues that I think have impacted her and ah, unfortunately, we’re going to miss her. She’s done a great job for this village and we are now in the process of setting up—we’ve already set a up a series of interviews to ah, potential attorneys to represent us going forward, so we will be conducting those interviews this month, hopefully coming to a decision by the end of this month as to who we are going to hire and move on from there, um.”

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “And Marianne did ah, I didn’t talk to her today but she did leave me a phone mail message with me that she would be willing to continue—

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Help us out. Right.”

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “—for some period of time. Hopefully until the end of the month anyway.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “Until we make—“

Village Manager Rick Herbek: “And ah, I’ll speak with her further about that tomorrow.”

Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt: “She did, she spent a lot of time on this because we were involved in a lot of different things at that time and she, you know, it really became ah, quite an overwhelming task. So.”


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