A lawsuit filed by a union representing thousands of Westchester County employees that challenged the 2013 Westchester County budget was dismissed Wednesday.
The Civil Service Employees Association, which has about 3,200 members who work for the county, had challenged the budget on technical grounds after many of its members were slated for layoffs. The lawsuit argued the state Open Meetings Law was violated when a coalition of Republicans and Democrats continued the budget meeting after most of the Democrats walked out and then passed a spending plan with a substitute chairman and clerk. The lack of minutes of the meeting violated the law, the union argued.
Acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary disagreed.
“It is quite clear that both Petitioners and the public at large were completely informed of the legislative action in passing the 2013 County Budget,” Neary wrote. Moreover, he said, the lawsuit failed to prove that the minutes wouldn’t have been available within two weeks, as the law requires, if someone had asked for them.
The CSEA is in contract negotiations with the county.