Wolfe Responds to Notice of Appeal

Last week it was reported that “a lawsuit brought by Rockland’s public employee unions against county officials over the sale of Summit Park hospital (had) been dismissed by a judge – and that decision may be appealed by Rockland County Legislature Chairman Alden Wolfe, one of the original defendants.” In a recent statement Wolfe expressed that social media on the subject had gotten out of hand and it was time to make a formal statement of his intentions saying, “It’s no secret that many of us felt that the closure was illegal, because the Charter clearly states that it is only the Legislature that can abolish a unit of government.” He added, “Summit Park costs taxpayers more now that it’s closed than it did when it was open – $15M this year vs. $9M last year.” He sited the loss of roughly 400 jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity, and a safety net for seniors and the disabled. There is an interbranch dispute that remains undecided by the court and Wolfe filed a Notice of Appeal to preserve his right to appeal. He said, “It does not mean that I’ve decided to appeal. The filing fee for a Notice of Appeal is $65.” He made clear the interbranch dispute is the sole question for review.

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