Thursday, July 27, 2006

City Council vs. Grand Jury

Syracuse's Common Council and the Onondaga County DA seem to be heading for a collision on the never-ending fight about the planned megamall. That latest to-do is an allegation of some unspecified "political misconduct" involving the City Clerk, the Open Meetings Law and the council's recent vote against the tax break package for the mall.

This is an interesting law as an academic case study in administrative law, but it never seems to hold up in practice. The exceptions outnumber the occasions when it applies, and on top of that, there's really no enforcement. As stated in the Post-Standard article, the overseeing commission had no reports of any investigation/prosecution in the previous year.


Post a Comment

<< Home