Posted by: Dawn Powell | June 19, 2014

Clarification about public information

——— Forwarded message ———-
From: Patty Villanova
Date: Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM
Subject: Clarification Re: Town of Putnam Valley vs. Cornu- 6.17.14
To: Bob Tendy <>
Cc: Jacqueline Annabi <>, “” <>, “” <>, “Bhzlaw (” <>, Wendy Whetsel <>, Eileen Royael <>, PCNR Editor <>

Bob Tendy- one more thing, before you get tired of this “comedic interlude” as you refer to what many consider a tragedy:

I would like to clarify the fact that the court proceeding that occurred last week was public- there is no gag order and no sealed record.

At this proceeding, Mrs. Cornu asked to be removed as a party from the case because it turns out her name is not on the deed as it was removed several years ago.  By the way, your lawyer, Mr. Lussardi was aware of this and presumably he told you and the TB prior to the hearing.  In any event, as Mr. Lussardi pointed out- Mrs. Cornu cannot legally enter into an agreement with the Town of Putnam Valley, whether it’s a settlement or a stipulation. She cannot apply for permits to do demolition or work on the house because she doesn’t own it.  As it turns out, it was even questionable that her name was included in the ongoing litigation of the past 3 years that you are pursuing so aggressively. 

All of the foregoing is public, and the only information I am requesting is when you made the decision and instructed Mr. Lussardi, acting on behalf of the Town, to refuse to allow Mrs. Cornu to be removed as a party to this litigation, even though her involvement has been publicly questioned by both Judge Grossman and your attorney.

You and the town board continue to make decisions on my behalf in this regard and on behalf of the residents and taxpayers of the town.  I think at the very least, we have a right to know who is making these decisions and when they were made.  As evidenced by the legal and engineering bills I presented at the last TB meeting, your decisions have proven quite costly for all concerned.


Patty Villanova


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