MILTON–The town is facing a lawsuit initiated by its very own Supervisor, Dan Lewza.
The town clerk received a notice of claim against the town on Monday, Oct. 17 in which Lewza has alleged “damage”, “injuries sustained” and “lost income estimated to be in excess of $140,000, embarrassment and humiliation, and mental distress”. Lewza’s attorney, Kevin A. Luibrand, Esq. of the Luibrand Law Firm, PLLC in Latham also referenced other claims, similiar in nature, having awards of up to $200k in the filing.
In weeks leading up to the recent Republican primary election for supervisor, town employees, who did not wish to be named, said information from executive sessions and confidential personnel matters was shared by Barbara Kerr campaign supporters to media outlets, and a for-hire campaign strategist from Saratoga Springs, Brendan Quinn. It is unknown if the leaks were paid for or if Quinn was specifically hired to run Kerr’s primary campaign in Milton, although Quinn has a history of bad blood with Lewza and the Saratoga GOP dating back over 14 years (see article in the Post Star, 9/18/03 http://poststar.com/news/local/gop-consultant-forced-out-of-saratoga-county-vote-count/article_89da22a7-88dd-52d1-a2f6-5c86825df940.html).
Quinn is said to have run a primary campaign for Rensselaer County Executive for candidate Chris Meyer, against former Lewza employer Steve McLaughlin, in which similiar allegations of impropriety were leveled and later recanted. (see Times Union 9/1/17 http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Aide-accused-state-assemblyman-of-roughing-her-up-12168087.php). McLaughlin won the GOP primary for Rensselaer County Executive back in September.
The claim against the Town specifically names Kerr repeatedly as purposefully intending to cause harm. She is currently running for Town Supervisor on the Reform party line. It is unknown at this time whether Lewza will sue Kerr individually in addition to the suit against the Town.
Requests for comment by both Lewza and Kerr were not responded to.