UPDATE: County executive fires back at county legislature with lawsuit


John Burin (R) vice chairman, Chemung County Legislator stopped by the 18 Studio to discuss the lawsuit. Watch his interview here. 

The following is a statement from M. Hyder Hussain, Esq. County Attorney, County of Chemung concerning the lawsuit.

The legislators, on one hand, are saying that they would like to discuss and go back to the table, but then in the same day, they pass a resolution which effectively started the process to shut-out the county executive, Christopher Moss, from the legislative process.

Because the executive currently does not have veto power over resolutions, the legislators are usurping the executive’s authority to have a balanced government.

The legislature has passed resolution transferring the county attorney’s duties and responsibilities to another attorney which violates NY county law and Chemung County Charter. At this time we feel a judicial review is necessary.

M. Hyder Hussain, Esq.

County Attorney, County of Chemung

Chemung County Executive Christopher Moss filed a lawsuit against the county legislature, which claims the County Executive has the authority to fire the attorney for the legislature.

This comes after Moss fired Bryan Maggs, appointed attorney to the legislature.

The Chemung County Legislature responded to this by voting to bring the case to the State Supreme Court. The legislature argued the County Executive does not have the authority to veto a resolution.

However, the Budget Committee ultimately decided to table the decision and work with Moss. 18 News last reported on Monday, that Dave Manchester, Chairman of the Chemung County Legislature, said he will be sitting down with Moss to try to find common ground, rather than take the issue to court

But in a turn of events, Moss now has filed a Lawsuit against the legislature.

This lawsuit is an ongoing litigation and 18 News will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

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