Susan Luzzaro 6:32 p.m., March 16
City to Spend $200,000 in Kessler Suit
The city council is voting today to authorize spending an amount not to exceed $200,000 in the city's defense of the wrongful termination case brought by Scott Kessler. The matter is on the consent agenda so it is all but certain to pass. The recommendation is for the city to spend the $200,000 to retain the Brown Law Group in its defense. But Janice Brown, founder and senior partner of the firm, has already been representing the city in the case in court since August.
In his suit, Kessler says he was fired by the city because he cooperated with a police detective and the FBI in the investigation of wrongdoing by Little Italy political powerhouse Marco Li Mandri and his friend, convicted felon with organized crime ties Joe Mannino. The investigation was thoroughly researched, but the district attorney would not prosecute. Mayor Jerry Sanders has been deposed in the case. The next hearing in the case before Supreme Court Judge John S. Meyer is Thursday, December 9.