Ulster County Legislature Minority Leader David Donaldson Friday accused Chairwoman Terry Bernardo of “sneaking” through a $49,750 contract with the law firm for which her appointed legislature attorney works by paying the firm, Bonacic, Krahulik, Cuddeback, McMahan and Brady, LLP of Orange County.This is a really good point. If NY State approves a casino plan, there will be a few counties that will reap huge tax revenues. Needless to say, this will instigate a certain amount of competition. Ulster county is just one of many counties that could attract a casino (and there's a deal for the Nevele in the works).
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The minority leader also asked Chapman to reveal any potential conflicts of interest as legislative counsel since he is also counsel to Senator John Bonacic and to the Senate’s Racing, Gaming and Wagering of which Bonacic is chairman.
Donaldson said that Bonacic has commented that getting Sullivan County a casino is his “number one priority.” Communities in Ulster County, most notably Ellenville, have expressed interest in obtaining casinos. The new owners of the Nevele Hotel are hoping to include gaming as part of their redevelopment plan. (emphasis added)
So how can Chapman honestly represent the fiduciary interests of Ulster County when he's so heavily involved in Sullivan? He can't.
Chapman should withdraw his name from consideration as counsel to the Ulster Legislature.