Jim Leary, the Democratic challenger to Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, has filed an ethics complaint against his opponent over an alleged political meeting Reilich held at Greece Town Hall.
Last week, longtime Greece Town Justice Gino Nitti filed a lawsuit against Reilich, who is also the County Republican chairman, and other town and county officials. He claims Reilich booted him from the ballot over a petty political squabble possibly related to attendance at the annual Conservative Party dinner.
In Nitti’s lawsuit, he claims he was selected in April as one of four Greece GOP candidates for the four town judgeships. But, Nitti alleges, when the July nominating petitions came out, the committee had removed him as a candidate and replaced him with current town councilman Brett Granville. And Nitti’s lawsuit ties into Leary’s ethics complaint.
In court documents, Nitti said he was summoned to a 1 p.m. meeting on June 5 with Reilich and Greece GOP leader Kirk Morris in the Riley Conference Room at Greece Town Hall, where he was told by Morris that the GOP would not support him in the upcoming election.
In response to the lawsuit, Reilich has said Nitti “chose not to circulate a petition,” hence, the GOP decided not to keep him as a candidate. Also, he disputed claims that he has significant control over the party’s choices.
In a press release sent Thursday, Leary said the Nitti lawsuit confirms “what many have long suspected — Bill Reilich is conducting political party business at Town Hall during business hours.”
Leary has asked the Greece Ethics Board to investigate the incidents described in Nitti’s lawsuit and determine if a violation of town ethics law was committed.
By phone on Thursday afternoon, Reiilch said there was “nothing to” Leary’s charge. He said he was on his lunch break and it was a…