Mayor predicts Joint Schools fight with Ciminelli might end up in 'serious litigation'
Buffalo Mayor Brown tells WBFO News it appears the fight between the School District's Joint Schools Construction Board and LPCiminelli might end up in 'serious litigation'. This week Louis Ciminelli filed a legal notice of claim. The dispute involves the district's request asking Ciminelli to provide financial documents. School board members Carl Paladino and Larry Quinn say the company made too much a profit while managing the more than $1-billion in taxpayer dollars for the project.
WBFO News asked Mayor Byron Brown about the filed claim.
"Certainly, in my role, as a member of the Joint Schools Construction Board, worked to try to bring all parties together to resolve concerns and differences and questions, and right now it looks like this might end up in serious litigation," Brown replied.
Paladino has stated that Ciminelli made the profit in Phase Five of the project. The city has withheld payments to the construction firm. The Joint Schools project revamp 48-city school buildings.
"It has been a concern. The board has tried to get information and the company has felt it provide the information required," noted Brown. "Attempts to mediate and resolve things amicably have not gone well."