March 7, 2008

Conflict Of Interest In NT

Sources have told Niagara Times of an interesting situation playing out in North Tonawanda. From what we have learned, a case was filed in the Supreme Court on 10/29/2004. The case involves North Tonawanda resident Scott Scibisz vs. City of NT, and centers around a claim of relief to recover money damages for personal injuries.

On the evening of Aug 1, 2003, Scibisz was participating in a softball game on a City operated field. While doing so, Scibisz was struck by a softball bat thrown by a fellow participant. In court papers, Scibisz' attorney alleges that the City of NT failed in its responsibility of directing, conducting, and supervising the participants and making sure that hazardous conditions did not exist and failing to make sure that the use and design of Felton Field, and in particular the players' bench area along the first base line, was safe for participants.

At face value, nothing out of the ordinary. Until one takes into consideration that, at present, North Tonawanda Mayoral Assistant Jeff Mis is still the attorney of record and representing Scibisz. Yes, Mayor Larry Soos' right hand man is representing a client in a lawsuit against the same city that employs him. That, my friends, is a serious conflict of interest.

This case is set to go to court on March 12th.

11 comments:

rob clark said...

The guy is really going after the city of NT for that. My god, do you know how much money in lawsuits are just waiting to be had at any of the State Parks. If they find for this guy they will unleash the flood gates.

But I also must agree with you on this one Hobbes. It doen`t seem like the kind of case I would want to be associated with if I worked for the city.

Rufus said...

And let's predict how this would have ended if Hobbes didn't blow the whistle. The city would settle out of court with the injured ballplayer for a nice junk of change, 1/3 of which would have found it's way into Mr. Mis' pockets.

Sleazy. Very sleazy.

Proud to be in NT said...

How unusual that Jeff Mis-fit, Dr. Soo's right hand man and Danny Boy's henchman, would look to make some easy cash off the residents of NT. This is what happens when greedy people only concerned about themselves are put into power in a city with only their best interests in mind. This has been going on for years since the Dr.s drinking buddy Burgio was mayor with him pushing Gateway Point to increase the value of his two properties on Webster Street and putting Cos Capozzi in as Building Inspector to look the other way while he repairs the buildings his way and not the right way. isn' that how he always said he ran a business either his way or no way. Now Dr. Soo's comes along with his gang of cronies and when they see a easy way to make a quick buck they grab hold of it and keep it hush hush. Or if they don't get their way, as with the concerts they make things dificult until a businessperson leaves and then they blame the Council and Brett Sommer, hey Dr. when are you going to be a man and take resposibility for your mistakes, and hiring Mr. Mis-fir was your first one. The residents spoke when they kicked him out of the Attorneys office to Henry Wojtaszek and again when he lost to Shawn Nickerson so come on Dr. and replace him with someone the residents can trust and want to be there. Just think he will have enough time to watch all the games at Felton Field and get rich suing his former employer every time somebody scrapes their knee sliding into home plate. Hey Dr. one last thought maybe this guy is really made at you for not sponsoring his team or more likely yet you probably did sponsor his team but like a cheap barowner that I remember when I played for bar you probably told them they didn't spend enough money in your bar and you quite sponsoring them the following year.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hobbes. You gotta be kidding me. Mis has more integrity than both Wojtaszek and Nickerson put together. Yeah. Talk about greed. How about the $175,000 contract for legal work that Republican Chairman Henry Wojtaszek's firm, Harris Beach, is getting compliments of the majority caucus made up of Republicans and Democrats who owe the Republican party. A mix of a group of people in politics who only think of lining their pockets with political appointments and the pockets of their leaders (HW) This firm is where Wojtaszek is a partner. Talk about a conflict of Conflict of Interest of the highest kind. Sleaziness at its best. How much has Harris
Beach donated to the Republicans. Why don't you post that article in the Niagara Times? As I see it, all this blog is a Republican controlled mouthpiece.

Pete M said...

Then don't read it.

Anonymous said...

Pete and rufus and proid to be in nt- blow me.

Oliver said...

Where this conflict of interest is is that Jeff Mis is supposed to be the full-time administrative assistant to the mayor assisting him in the day to day management of the city. Mr. Mis has maintained his law practice while pretending to work full time for the city. If you've driven through NT lately you would notice that there isn't a lot of day to day management of the city going on. Larry Soos, like the mayor that preceded him, took a position that was supposed to be a city manager like job and filled it with a patronage appointment at the taxpayers expense.

rob clark said...

I can tell you right now that the concert promoter was a Republican hack who thought they could run the concerts anyway they wanted to. Not by what the contract stated. So I Give Mayor Soos credit.

Maybe they should just rename Niagara County to Conflict of Interest County. Because it doesn`t matter WHO you are sooner or later in this little area of ours you are going to know somebody when your incharge of something. The NT situation and the Harris Beach item with the Legislature stink. But was Mis already representing this person before his appointment? Probably, but we all know the truth behing the Harris Beach appointment. And if you think that their bill for thier services is only going to be 175,000.oo Then you need to lay off the pipe because thats only for this year !

Anonymous said...

The article in the Snews today indicates that this matter was a dormant case that fell through the cracks and was never pursued against the City. Mis didn't even file a complaint against the city. So the fears os secret settlements are unfounded and Hobbes is once again making a politically charged mountain out of a mole-hill while bigger conflict issues cloud the political landscape and are given a pass.

As for Mis' position, remember, the Republican dominated Counsel eliminated the confidential secretary position which has pretty much forced Mis to deal with petty issues that a manager should not have to deal with on a day to day basis. And unless I'm missing something, i have not seen it reported anywhere that Mis is not devoting full time hours to his assistant duties.

Anonymous said...

Hey Hobbes, please correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the work Harris Beach is doing in Niagara County litigation work that would have to be done by a law firm no matter which one is awarded the contract? What is wrong with the Legislature picking law firms that are top notch and do a good job? Who would the Democrats rather have represent the County, Dewey, Cheat'em and Howe? Secondly, why does Rivera always bring this issue up when one of his golden boys are caught with their fingers in the cookie jar? Just as he has always done he proves to the residents of Niagara County and his fellow Democratic Party members his # 1 concern is attacking the Republican Chairman that he dislikes instead of offering the voters good candidates that gives them a better choice to elect for public office.

Anonymous said...

Niagara Times seams like an informative site. But can we leave all the personal bashing out. I actually know Wojtaszek, Mis and Nickerson and they all seem to be good men. I don't know much about poltics other what I follow on occasion but stop this bickering and stick to the issues.