Yorktown town board members agreed on Tuesday to let highway superintendent Eric DiBartolo hire a private attorney to represent him in a on behalf of the town.
Attorney Brian Sokoloff was approved with a 4-1 vote to represent DiBartolo in the lawsuit. Last week, in favor of paying for the highway superintendent's legal fees.
In both cases, councilman Vishnu Patel was the only one who voted in opposition.
In the lawsuit, resident William LaPierre while in office. LaPierre seeks to "recoup damages" for the town.
Subject to the town attorney’s approval of the legal invoices, according to the adopted resolution, Sokoloff's fees would not exceed $200 per hour plus "reasonable and customary disbursements."
Town attorney Jeannette Koster has considered the issue of potential conflict of interest and would not represent DiBartolo in the lawsuit, according to town board members.
Sokoloff represented a council member in a recent lawsuit unrelated to the LaPierre case, and is currently representing the town and certain police officers in another unrelated lawsuit.