June 6, 2017

Town may provide for legal defense of councilman



Town may provide for legal defense of councilman
Opinions of the Attorney General

The Attorney General indicated that if a town councilman is sued for libel for remarks he made at a Town Board meeting, he may request that the Board provide for his defense. If the Board refuses, and he wins, he may recover the reasonable costs of his defense by an action against the Board.

N.B.  See the Corning v. Laurel Hollow, 48 NY2d 348, in which the Court held that without a statute providing for such reimbursement such payment would constitute an unlawful gift of public monies.

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