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Corvetti files another lawsuit against LP

Monday, February 03, 2014 - Updated: 9:03 AM


Express News Staff

LAKE PLEASANT -- Diane Corvetti of S. Shore Rd. has once again served papers in connection with a civil rights complaint against the Town of Lake Pleasant.

Lake Pleasant Supervisor Neil McGovern told the town board Monday, Jan. 27, that Corvetti is seeking an unspecified amount from the town, town assessor, and past and current members of the town's Board of Assessment Review for allegedly violating her civil rights in connection with property assessments.

McGovern said he has passed the papers on to New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal and its attorney.

In August 2012 the town board approved a settlement between the town and its assessor and Corvetti concerning her assessments for 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

McGovern complained this most recent lawsuit would only add to the over $250,000 the town's taxpayers have spent defending the town against Corvetti's allegations over the years.

Corvetti maintains that since moving here in 1985 her Red Pines lakeshore property has been incorrectly assessed. "The town assessors have used every method possible to increase my assessments," she has said.

The lawsuits began when James O'Rourke was supervisor and continued through the terms of Frank Mezzano and now McGovern.

Town assessors have included Frank Fish, Edward Winchell and currently Victoria Buyce. In addition, too numerous to mention, have been all who have served on the Board of Assessment Review who have been named in the various lawsuits.

Corvetti believes she has been discriminated against over the years, damaging her health and finances.


Highway Superintendent Randy LaVarnway said his department has been kept busy plowing and sanding roads but does not currently need to hire an extra employee as was advertised.

Lack of snow has allowed his crew to keep up with keeping the roads open and grooming snowmobile trails, he told the board.

LaVarnway said work on the bridge on the River Trail has been completed. "The river trail is open and the trail is being groomed," he said.

LaVarnway also reported soundproofing work at the health center has been completed and seems to be working well.


-- The board adopted a resolution encouraging residents to register as organ donors. It can be done online through the New York Organ Donor Network website or the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website or at any DMV office.

-- McGovern reported the town has received a $428.80 refund for overpayments made to American Power and Gas, its electricity supplier.

The town board will meet just once in February, Monday, Feb. 10, starting at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


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